4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2013
Even though I have a wealth of experience both writing computer programs and working in music, I found this book impossible to follow. The so-called "beginner's tutorial" does not explain the fundamentals, makes all sorts of assumptions, and jumps all over the place without any discernible logic. Allegedly there are three editors (but my suspicion is that this is just a way for three academics to put a book on their CV for the next govermnent research evaluation), but none have spotted the many errors, omissions, and nonsensical paragraphs in the book. There are some pretty pointless chapters (SuperCollider on Windows, Supercollider on Linux: do we really need a whole chapter devoted to installing the program on Windows or Linux???) but no comprehensive reference (or even partial reference) if we want to quickly understand what something does or means and a very incomplete index (e.g. where do I look to find what "kr" means? the pages referred to in the index cotain examples, but no definition).
Save your money and just follow one of the online tutorials.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2012
There aren't many books on Supercollider around - in fact this may be the only one that I'm aware of, so if you're more of a "textbook learner/referrer" this may be for you by default. It's a little different to what I might have expected at first - it's not so much a walkthrough of Supercollider but instead it uses the knowledge you may already have with programming and tells you what you can do with it in the software. As you go through the chapters, different topics are mentioned and for the more advanced user, there are chapters on more complicated topics. If you're a practical learner, the book comes with code which you can download from their website so you can get stuck in from the offset.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2013
This book is really great, explains everything in a really clear, step-by-step way, from the basics upwards. I really enjoyed reading it.