Friday, July 18, 2008

MaxMSP Course

Had a bit of a gloomy time recently as I cracked an arm and a rib playing footie and had to lay off playing for a while :( - however, I'm pretty much back to normal again now.

Last week I went on the Introduction to MaxMSP course at Goldsmiths College. Max is a graphical programming environment for music, audio and other media. I actually bought this software ages ago, worked through a few of the tutorials, but never really got any further than that.

The course was taught by Tim Ward. We spent two days looking at some of the real basics of Max: cabling objects together, getting audio in and out, getting midi in and out, etc. Then the following two days were spent looking at some more advanced ready-made patches and trying to figure out how they worked. There was also plenty of time for exploring and messing around with Max and building whatever we liked.

Tim also talked about ways to send/recieve audio and midi to and from other applications, such as Logic, Live etc, and quite a lot about creative ways that people have interfaced Max with the outside world. I particularly liked this scary piano soundboard thing.

Not exactly sure what I'm going to do with this knowledge... There are some really good free patches available online (e.g. so perhaps one or two of those will be useful to me. Hopefully I'll also find time to get better at programming Max myself and be able to create my own stuff..