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Installing SuperCollider on Linux in 2019

These are short notes on installing SuperCollider from source on a debian-based Linux distro … in 2019.

Download sources

Download source from an official release from github: https://github.com/supercollider/supercollider/releases – grab the Source-linux.tar.bz one.

un-tar-bzip it with:

Prepare system for compilation

Install all dependencies for your system by following instructions on how to build SC from source on Linux here: https://github.com/supercollider/supercollider/blob/develop/README_LINUX.md (the most tricky is QT version – for recent versions of distros the QT version is high enough to install through apt):

Check if QT in your distro’s repos is high enough for SC (5.7 or later!):

if so, install the QT dev packages:

I’m using checkinstall to create a deb package, so, install that as well:

Building/compiling

Go to the folder with source, create a build folder, and cd to it:

Configure make (cmake)

Start compilation (lotsa warnings but if you don’t end up with ‘Build failed’, then build was successful):

Now create a deb with checkinstall:

Installing

Install the final deb:

or

Jit.log#190608

Good news! I got a small working stipend from cultural ministry. The main requirement is to follow my plan and (I think) submit a report at the end. Work/study must not be focused on a final product. Inevitably I am creating project in the same area and direction so the upcoming piece “INTELLIGENCE IS WHATEVER MACHINES HAVEN’T DONE YET” for exhibition at Kapelica gallery is more or less connected to this research. I will need to reschedule the working plan from spring to fall.

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Jit.log#190601

Last two weeks:

  • visited Rob in Maribor, had long discussion about different solutions, ideas… [190522]
  • fruitful and constructive meeting with Kapelica team [190523]
  • ordered hardware (2x computer monitors, 1x computer system with Nvidia graphics)
  • checked the cover/cocoon for the installation at Kapelica. looks nice, black and acoustically dampened. Made plans with Jure about how to proceed [190531]
  • picked up two screens from Mlacom. One multi-touch screen (1920×1080) + another wide and curved screen (2560×1080). Both Dell. setup in studio, connected to already working prak system. Testing SuperCollider and Processing functionalities. [190531] That was progress.
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Upgrading of mail server

Today I added an additional volume to the mailserver prefect, since it was running out of disk space for the mailboxes. I have now increased the space by adding a new ‘virtual’ block storage, mounted and some mailboxes have been moved to the new drive. This new drive can be resized as needed with the lowest cost possible. We don’t need more CPU or memory, just more disk space and this works with $0.10/GB per month. The only drawback is that these volumes cannot be automatically backed up.

I have transfered the files from /var/mail/vmail to /mnt/vmail1/vmail by using rsync like this:

This transfered whole folders preserving all permissions and ownerships.

Jit.log#190209 Machine Learning course starts

Yesterday I went through some basic introductory parts of the Machine Learning course at Coursera. Learned about unsupervised and supervised learning, classification and regression ML problems, clustering and non-clustering problems. There’s a lot left to do in the week 1 and I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish that one till tomorrow. These deadlines can be extended as needed though.

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Jitakami Research 2019: Hello World

Today starts the logging of research project called Jitakami Research 2019. Basicly it consists of three big blocks – two of them running serially, and one in parallel to the two. The research part, for which I applied to a work stipend on cultural ministry (still pending, and probably will continue to for some time) consists of study and research from now up until the summer. In parallel, the idea is to produce a perfomance/installation at BitShift program at Kapelica gallery sometime in April – currently called Raglain, and then work on the second phase (AUTOCOM) that would presumably be shown in Linz.

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Jitakami Research 2019: working plan

This is the concept and plan for working stipend that I applied:

Predmet štipendije je raziskava na področju umetniškega pristopa k spoju glasbe in umetne inteligence.

Avtorja v to raziskavo žene predvsem vprašanje kako vzpostaviti umetniško situacijo (intermedijsko instalacijo in/ali performans), ki bi radikalno vstopila v gledalčevo/poslušalčevo dojemanje sodobnih tehnologij in z njimi povezanih fobij in fetišev. Za bližanje možnim odgovorom je nujna poglobljena raziskava.

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supercollider: deb package from git with checkinstall

Follow instructions how to build and install supercollider from git here: https://github.com/supercollider/supercollider/wiki/Installing-SuperCollider-from-source-on-Ubuntu, but instead of final make install, use checkinstall (apt install checkinstall):

$ sudo checkinstall -D -t=debian --install=no --pkgname=supercollider --pkgversion=3.10.0-0your_name make install

You’ll end up with a .deb file in that current build folder. Install it with gdebi:

$ sudo gdebi supercollider_3.10.0-0lallafa-1_amd64.deb

Prevent apt from ever upgrading your package by creating a file called “preferences” in /etc/apt folder, and put in:

Package: /supercollider/
Pin: release *
Pin-Priority: -1