Our current Featured Composer is Harry-Ed Roland, resident in Berlin and an imaginative CDP user for many years.
Composers Desktop Project Limited:
The untimely death of key CDP founder Richard Orton in February 2013 has led us to press on with renewed vigour with plans initiated in March 2012 to build a sustainable future for CDP. CDP has passed its 25-year mark, and we have felt that it is time to 're-imagine' CDP and move into the future in a new way.
Re-imagining CDP as a Social Enterprise
We have re-formed CDP as a social enterprise with a bias towards educational initiatives. The official name of CDP is now 'Composers Desktop Project Ltd' and it has a bespoke Articles that define it as a social enterprise. It is registered at Companies House, company number 8733839. You will start to see a new email address: 'cdpse9(at)talktalk.net', but 'archerhgm(at)talktalk.net' is still active.
Being formally a social enterprise means that CDP has specific social purposes set out in its Articles, and all assets of the company are fed back into these social objectives. This confirms our original objective in 1987 to make computer-based sound transformation available for composers at a price they could afford (see below!) and moves our 25 years of expertise forward with educational initiatives.
Sound & Music Computing in Schools (SMCS)
We are re-focusing on educational intiatives, currently being called 'Sound & Music Computing in Schools' (SMCS). These are partly a response to the promotion of more in-depth computer science in schools, to which we feel we can contribute as programmers and users of sound design tools tools that are now used in many colleges and universities. Richard Dobson has prepared an initial Website for this Project at
Our approach will be multi-disciplinary with the special aim to rejoin the Arts and the Sciences, something that we do every day in music technology.
Also in development is an online User Forum with which you can exchange information on using the CDP software etc. We also aim to promote 3rd party development. The sound transformation code set is largely the work of composer/programmer Trevor Wishart, with a supplementary Multi-channel Toolkit by Richard Dobson. We will therefore be referring to the sound transformation code as the 'CDP-Wishart' Code Set, which will become available some time in the future. It is going to take a great deal of work and some considerable funding to create proper libraries, and we will keep you informed of progress.
Free Download of the Core Sound Transformation Software
Finally, we will be releasing the core CDP Sound Transformation program set as a free download as of 1 February 2014 under a full Gnu Public Licence. This will make the core CDP program set available on Linux for the first time. In the interim period between now and then, the CDP software will still be available at a 20% 'transition' discount, delivered via WeTransfer. ALL STUDENTS can now purchase the CDP software at the special 56.7% discount during the interim period. Anyone wishing to purchase the CDP software during this interim period should apply to Archer for the appropriate discount code if ordering online. Please see the Software page for details.
Also during the interim period, we shall be working hard to finalise and document ca 38 new programs that will comprise a Release 7 of the CDP software, which is what will be made available on 1 February 2014. The current program set is now 6.0.13 (both MAC and PC), and if you do not already have this version of the software, you will shortly be able to download it from the CDP updates page, using your access codes email Archer if you need a reminder.
'Free download' is going to be restricted mostly to the core sound transformation software and the Sound Loom GUI, both emerging from the creativity and generous spirit of Trevor Wishart, and the free downloads will include all the HTML documentation, demos and tutorials, written/edited by Archer Endrich, often based on text from Trevor Wishart. Some items will continue to be sold we are still a completely independent organisation and need some income to continue to tick over, as it were. One of these will be the Soundshaper Pro GUI, which the author cannot maintain without receiving some income from his efforts (see the Options page). The other is ProcessPack, developed by the late Richard Orton in collaboration with Archer Endrich it will be available via this Website shortly. Meanwhile, we will be seeking new forms of income, and will welcome any donations to help establish the emerging social enterprise.
Site Licences ⇒ Support Packages
Site licences will be discontinued, to be replaced by an optional Support Package to supplement the User Forum. Details to be announced. NB: All who have purchased the CDP software up to this point will be automatically entitled to a lifetime (CDP's!) support package, for which your access codes will be needed.
Any other ideas towards a re-imagined CDP will be very welcome, as will be any donations to help us keep afloat as we reconstruct ourselves along a largely public domain model. See our Donations Page (under construction).
- Interview with Trevor Wishart, key creative programmer for CDP. He was awarded the Giga-Herz grand prize in 2008, and is here interviewed by ZKM Radio.
- The Options tab is where you can order Soundshaper Pro and get Richard Orton's algorithmic & real-time MIDI instrument language Tabula Vigilans, which is now a free download.
- Visit the Links tab for information about software complementary to CDP: Csound, ProcessPack, etc.
- Please note that CDP's main contact email address is now: cdpse9(at)talktalk.net.
CDP: The Composers' Desktop Project Limited, a social enterprise
Based in the UK, CDP is an international network of composers and programmers guided by a vision of amazing sonic possibilities and how they can be woven into the fabric of music. We have been working together since 1986. About CDP and its approach.
(The image on the right is the CD cover.)
Last updated: 04 November 2013