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Lilli Wessling Hart


After some independent website design work, I joined David Z. and Cycling '74 in 1998. My roles have changed over the years and I am currently Director of Communications.

http://cycling74.com

Written Articles

It’s All About the Beans

Cycling ’74 may not have made it to the 2014 Most Admired Companies list, but maybe sharing our obsession with coffee — since you already heard of the one with cats — will get us a few more admirers. Don’t worry, we love tea, juice, and other tasty liquids, too. We agree: [...]

Join the Mogees Action

Bruno Zamborlin developed a new product that will allow you to turn every day objects into musical instruments. The iOS software shown on the Kickstarter page is based on the Max patch that Bruno uses for his live performances and installations. Mogees consists of a mobile app and a small sensor that detects and [...]

An Evening With William Shatner Asterisk (and Max)

Our friend and co-worker, Rob Ramirez, shared some recent work with us and provided details on how he used Max. The best part is that you don’t have to be a fan of Star Trek… not that I’ve ever met someone like that. The show was built entirely with Max from start to finish. [...]

Cycling ’74 Releases Mira Controller

iPad App Works With Max 6 San Francisco, CA • June 21, 2013—Cycling ’74 released its first iOS app today. Mira Controller integrates with Max 6, allowing interfaces to be mirrored automatically on an iPad as they are created on in the Max desktop application. Users can control any number of Max patches from Mira. Each [...]

Lucid Possession Tickets on Sale

Next week, a special event will be happening in Brooklyn at Roulette. Toni Dove’s “Lucid Possession” premieres April 25, 26, and 27th. Those lucky enough to be in the vicinity will have the opportunity to experience this unique stage production — a “contemporary ghost story” featuring robotics, gorgeous costumes, and stunning voices and [...]

Jeremy Bailey Wants to Celebrate You

Max-enthusiast and Expo ’74 presenter, Jeremy Bailey, has a message for people who contribute to Kickstarter campaigns (for his own campaign). You’re the best, Jeremy!

Let’s Meet in the UK

Code Control Festival is Europe’s biggest Max meetup. Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre in Leicester will be hosting its 3rd international conference for artists, musicians, students and teachers to explore Cycling ’74′s Max software, a toolbox for developing unique sounds, stunning visuals and engaging interactive media. This year Phoenix, in association with Cycling ’74, [...]

Walking through fire at NAMM

One of my favorite places at NAMM is the arena. In the arena, you will find all kinds of lasers, smoke machines, light-up microphone stands, and other visual products to make a musician’s stage act more fun and maybe memorable. This year, I was drawn to a booth where you could walk over [...]

Next up in the “Programming Guide for Artists” series

Francisco Colasanto — an Expo ’74 exhibitor and skilled Max user, teacher, and technical coordinator at CMMAS — has released the second volume of his “Programming Guide for Artists” books. His first volume was the first Spanish-language book devoted to Max. The second volume is an eBook and takes advantage of video and [...]

Temporarily Closed for Meetings

Thanks in advance for your patience!

Particles installation exciting from every angle.

Daito, Motoi, and Friends show you the results of their beautiful and fluid creation, as well as some of the structure behind it. Watch the entire video to fully appreciate it! At the beginning of the video, I didn’t consider the physical structure on which the lights were moving, nor did I imagine that the [...]

Cycling ’74 Releases Max Version 6 and the Gen Add-on

Powerful Toolset for Media Applications San Francisco, CA • October 26, 2011 — Cycling ’74 today released Version 6.0 of its Max media development tools. Enhancements to Max 6 include extensive user interface improvements, higher-quality audio, extended multi-processor support, organization tools for projects, and improved OpenGL animation and rendering tools. Cycling ’74 also released Gen, a high-performance [...]

An Evening at Columbia

As a perfect end to the first day Expo ’74 2011, our friends at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University are hosting a free event for expo attendees beginning at 7pm. Take this opportunity to see some amazing projects and gear, and to meet some outstanding people in the New York-area [...]

Expo ’74 2011 Event Schedule

Dates and times for Expo '74 events.

Convolution and Impulse Response

Alex Harker talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Introduction to note~

Thomas Resch talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Techniques for Extending Acoustic Instruments

Michael Sperone talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Live Spectral Processing in Max

Jean-François Charles talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Bach: Automated Composer’s Helper

Andrea Agostini talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Ins and Outs with Max and Arduino

Scott Fitzgerald talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Mobile Phones and Max

Nathan Bowen talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Making A Slick Max Standalone

Dan Nigrin talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Programming with Clojure in Max

Nick Rothwell talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Videogame Music Prototyping

Ben Houge talks about his Expo '74 workshop.

Announcing Max 6

I want to share some news about the next major Max upgrade, version 6, arriving this fall. For us, Max 6 is about four things: accessibility, performance, quality, and workflow. Accessibility For some of you reading this, getting into Max was no big deal. Maybe you learned it while in school. Maybe it just clicked for you right [...]

Announcing Max 6 and New Pricing

Powerful and Flexible Tools for Media

Max at NYEAF

Visit Governors Island for the New York Electronic Art Festival.

Announcing Expo ’74 2011

Join us in Brooklyn for our next Max user conference!

Using Microsoft Kinect with Max

The Max community has been bitten by the Kinect bug.

Cycling ’74 Releases Vizzie

Video Modules Free to Owners of Jitter San Francisco, CA • November 19, 2010 — Cycling ’74 today released Vizzie, a set of modules for quick and unique video creation in Max/MSP/Jitter. Users just grab a few simple Vizzie modules, connect them together and almost instantly have a VJ rig or interactive video work, complete with [...]

Summer Max Workshop for High-School Students

For the first time, we are offering a three-day Max workshop only for high school students ages 15-18. It will take place at the Cycling ’74 office in San Francisco, July 27-29 (10:30am-3:30pm).

Max Workshop in Los Angeles

Our next Max workshop will be held in Los Angeles, CA, and is strictly for beginners. This workshop is specifically for new users of Max or Max for Live, and is intended to provide an introduction to Max, MSP, and Jitter together as a unit in the context of Max and Max for Live.

Sound On Sound Reviews Max for Live

In this review, Nick Rothwell explains Max for Live in terms of what the addition of Max offers to Live users. He also shares his perspective on what Live offers to Max users, something that is less commonly discussed.

EM Reviews Max for Live

In this article, Jim Aikin reviews the new add-on product to Live, developed by Ableton and Cycling ’74, with a detailed account of his experience. In you are new to Max for Live, this is a helpful introduction before

Cycling ’74 at the 2010 NAMM Show

Cycling ’74 and 85,000 of its closest friends will spend the weekend at the NAMM Show in Anaheim. We are sharing booth 6314 with Ableton and offering personal demos of our recently-released product Max for Live. On stage, Vlad Spears will also give daily presentations of Max for Live.

Pluggo Technology Moves to Max for Live

Effective immediately, Cycling ’74 will discontinue sales of prebuilt Max-based audio plug-in packages. This includes Pluggo, Mode, Hipno, and UpMix. We will still continue to support current users as best we can, but there will be no further development on either the plug-in packages or their supporting technology.

Jitter on the Mainstage at Coachella

On the afternoon of April 3rd, I received an email from M.I.A.'s manager asking if I'd be interested in working with them on a one-off show on the mainstage at Coachella that would feature live video processing... Upon reflecting, I would also like to share a couple of valuable lessons I learned working on this production...

A Look Back at Expo ’74

Last week, we put on our first conference. Now that Expo '74 is history, I've been asked to share my thoughts about the experience...

My Perspective on Integrating Max and Live

David Zicarelli gives some insight on the decision to integrate Max within Live...

Announcing Max for Live

Cycling '74 and Ableton today announced Max for Live, the integration of Cycling '74's Max/MSP environment into Ableton Live. Available as an add-on product to Ableton's newly announced Live 8, Max for Live permits users to create devices that extend and customize Live by creating instruments, controllers, audio effects, and MIDI processors.

Announcing Expo ’74

Cycling '74 today announced that its first user conference, Expo '74, will be held in San Francisco next April. The conference will include presentations, installations, workshops, and collaborative events covering the company's Max/MSP/Jitter software. Details will be outlined on the conference web site (expo74.net) in the coming months.

CNMAT Summer School 2008

Recently, CNMAT at UC Berkeley held their annual MaxMSP/Jitter summer school classes at their beautiful Arch St. facility just off the UC campus. This year, for the second year in a row, I had the pleasure of teaching the Jitter Night School - a 3-night intensive of focussed tutorials covering a variety of Jitter topics.

Email to Customers (April 24, 2008)

Hello from Cycling '74 headquarters. We have some big news. Max 5 is now available for download. We're very excited about this major upgrade and we hope you will be too. This upgrade represents a new era of Max programming, with a completely redesigned multi-processing kernel and a streamlined development environment built on a platform-independent foundation. Finally, we are offering a new Max/MSP/Jitter Workshop for Beginners in London. For complete details, please visit our Workshop page...

Cycling ’74 Releases Max/MSP Version 5

Cycling ’74 today released Version 5.0 of its Max/MSP media development tools. This version represents a new era of Max programming, with a completely redesigned multi-processing kernel and a streamlined development environment built on a platform-independent foundation. With a new patcher interface, searchable database of objects and examples, integrated documentation and new tutorials, the new Max user will find a smoother learning curve while experienced users will see improved productivity...

Expand Your Guitar, Vol. 1

I've teamed up with Ben Bracken for this series of simple tutorials that will get you shredding your shreds faster than you thought possible. This first article will address the essential hardware concerns and introduce some basic concepts in designing guitar effects in Max. Future articles will address different controllers, more advanced effects, automation, and other techniques to get the most out of MaxMSP in your live rig.

Announcing Max/MSP Version 5

Cycling '74 today announced Version 5.0 of its Max/MSP media development tools. This version represents a new era of Max programming, with a completely redesigned multi-processing kernel and a streamlined development environment built on a platform-independent foundation. With a new patcher interface, searchable database of objects and examples, integrated documentation and new tutorials, the new Max user will find a smoother learning curve while experienced users will see improved productivity.

Max 5: What It Is (and Isn’t)

Some of you may have heard that major changes are imminent in the Max world, and there is a lot of speculation about what those changes might be. On the eve of our first public exposition of the new version of Max at the AES convention in New York, I thought it would be appropriate to offer some details on the product.

Email to Customers (June 28, 2007)

Hello from Cycling '74 headquarters. We have two quick announcements. Read more...

Email to Customers (May 21, 2007)

Hello from Cycling '74 headquarters. We have three things to tell you about. Read more...

My Wii Life…

In this article, Darwin Grosse explains how to use the Wii video-game controller to interface with Max/MSP.

Cycling ’74′s Office Relocation, Part 2

For those of you who know San Francisco, there are two things you are well aware of. One, if you ask a pair of friends walking down the street where to get the best burrito, it could result in a fistfight. Two, it rarely gets hot here. Warm, yes. Hot, about 1 week each year. Monday, May 7th was hot and it was painting day.

Cycling ’74′s Office Relocation, Part 1

Growing out of and growing tired of our 379A Clementina Street location, Cycling '74 is moving its headquarters into a great new space a few blocks away at 730 Clementina Street.

Workshop in Delft

We held another Max/MSP/Jitter workshop from the 27th to the 30th of March in the Dutch city of Delft (yes, as in "that color blue associated with porcelain"). Our hosts were in the Industrial Design faculty at the Technical University. Read more about the exciting event in this article.

Cycling ’74 Releases Cyclops for Mac Intel

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music and video software company, today released Cyclops v. 1.3 which adds Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs running OS 10.4 or later. Cyclops, developed by Eric Singer of Code Artistry LLC, is a Max/MSP object for video color, grayscale and motion detection. It is a perfect solution for artists and performers who want to add video control to their work without investing in expensive standalone hardware or software.

Cycling ’74 Features Software Update For JazzMutant Lemur At AES

Cycling '74 today demonstrated the recently released version 1.5 software for JazzMutant Lemur control surface. The update is available via download to all current Lemur customers. New software features in version 1.5 allow the Lemur to control many popular DAWs including Logic, Digital Performer, Live and Cubase.

Cycling ’74 Releases Entire Line of Plug-in Products for Mac Intel

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released Pluggo v. 3.6, Hipno v. 1.1, Mode v. 1.3 and UpMix 1.1 which add Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs. The plug-in collections are for RTAS, VST and AU host environments.

Cycling ’74 Updates Max/MSP/Jitter for Mac Intel

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released Max/MSP v. 4.6 and Jitter v. 1.6 which add Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs running OS 10.4 or later.

Cycling ’74 Updates Soundflower for Mac Intel

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released Soundflower v. 1.2 which adds Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macs. Soundflower is a free system extension that allows users to route audio between OS X Core Audio applications. It also lets you monitor any connection with the free Soundflowerbed application.

A Video Interview with North Pitney, Installation Artist

North Pitney: Making the virtual space real.

A Video Interview with Matthew Lewis, Graphics Research Specialist

Matthew Lewis: Education through synesthetic study and play.

A Video Interview with Jamie Lidell, Musician and Performer

Jamie Lidell: Rocking the "one man human tornado".

A Video Interview with Kevin Blechdom, Musician and Performer

Kevin Blechdom: Mind expansion through Max/MSP.

A Video Interview with AGF, Musician

AGF: Falling in love with patches.

Cycling ’74 Releases UpMix

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today released UpMix, a surround processing and mixing software package. UpMix has been developed and tested by a team of surround sound professionals and utilizes proprietary algorithms to convert stereo audio into an immersive 6-channel mix suitable for Film, DVD, HD Broadcast and Music surround formats.

A Video Interview with Daito Manabe, Performer

Turntablism takes on the visual dimension.

A Video Interview with Laetitia Sonami, Performer

Performance and Installation Using the Lady's Glove to build relationships.

Cycling ’74 Debuts Website Update

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today announced the launch of a revamped web presence, available at http://www.cycling74.com. In addition to providing product information and downloadable product updates, the new website will offer feature articles, improved application support, product tutorials and a web-based interface to its user forum.

Cycling ’74 Shows Surround Processing And Up Mixing Technology

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today demonstrated UpMix, a surround processing and upmixing software package for VST and RTAS formats on both MacOS and Windows platforms at the Winter NAMM Expo in Anaheim, California. The flagship plug-in, named UpMix, provides functionality that can speed the repurposing of stereo audio content into a surround environment. By providing a number of algorithms and advanced positioning control, UpMix offers an easy way to move stereo fi...

Cycling ’74 Previews New Software For The Lemur Multi-Touch Control Surface

NAMM • Anaheim, CA • January 19, 2006 - Cycling '74 today announced revision software 1.3 for the JazzMutant Lemur Multi-touch control surface. The forthcoming update will be available via download for all current Lemur customers. New software features in version 1.3 allow the Lemur to be reconfigured in powerful ways from a host computer via the OSC (Open Sound Control) protocol.

Om NAMMa Shiva (Part N where N=3)

The nature of the booth traffic is visible not only in a relative dearth of exciting action demo photos on my part (I am giving them aforementioned demos, and thus otherwise occupied), but also in my relative lack of trade show mobility. There are a few exceptions.

Om NAMMa Shiva (Part N where N=2)

We’re behind the Apple booth. This is a good thing in that we are beside and right in the demo audio line of fire of the Sony booth; two such circumstances would probably make anyone mad as a hatter.

Om NAMMa Shiva (part N where N=1)

Greetings from the Los Angeles equivalent of a serious cold snap (which equates to an exceptionally nice respite from a Midwestern winter). Yes, it’s NAMM time again….

MSP Learns to Ride a Bike

The first version of MSP was released eight years ago -- December 21, 1997 to be exact. As MSP's age now represents a child old enough to read and understand a few rudimentary swear words, I felt it was appropriate to reflect briefly on MSP's past, present, and future.

MIDI and the Lemur

The JazzMutant Lemur is an incredibly versatile control surface for media applications. It allows you to create an interface match your performance needs, and communicates with your computer through an Ethernet connection (using the Open Sound Control messaging system). Unfortunately, there are relatively few software packages that speak OSC natively, so “bridge” software has been required to interface between OSC and the more common MIDI communication path.

Cycling ’74 Announces Surround Processing And Mixing Technology

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today announced the development of UpMix, a surround processing and mixing software package. UpMix has been developed and tested by a team of surround sound professionals and utilizes proprietary algorithms to convert stereo audio into an immersive 6-channel mix suitable for Film, DVD, HD Broadcast and Music surround formats.

Cycling ’74 Releases Hipno Plug-ins

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, today announced the release of Hipno 1.0, a new suite of over forty effects and instrument VST plug-ins for VST, AU and RTAS host applications. This package features an irresistible mix of granular, spectral, and filter/delay-based plug-ins featuring the unique Hipnoscope user interface. Also included in the package is an amazing set of processors that utilize live video input as a control source, and a new set of modulator plug-ins sure...

Cycling ’74 Announces Pricing and Availability for Octirama

SURROUND DYNAMIC PROCESSOR FOR TDM SYSTEMS AES • New York • October 7, 2005 - Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced that Octirama, a Surround Dynamics Processor for Digidesign ProTools Systems, will be available November 1 for a MSRP of US$495.

Writing Externals with Xcode 2.2

In this article we will take a step-by-step approach on how to write externals from scratch using Apple's latest developer tools. We will not discuss the source code itself very much, as that information is well covered in the MaxMSP Software Development Kits. We will also approach this topic in a tutorial-like style. That means that we will let a few things slip in order to see what some common errors look like and how we can go about solving them.

A Video Interview with Matt Wright, Musical Systems Designer

"Drawing" on Ornette Coleman: synthesis control using a graphics tablet.Watch Matt's video.

A Video Interview with Ali Momeni, Composer & Researcher

Controller workshop: From do-it-yourself tablas (with sponges!) to the Lemur. Watch Ali's video.

A Video Interview with Christopher Willits, Musician

Creating the personal instrument. Watch Christopher's video.

A Video Interview with David Tinapple, Video Artist

On visual programming for visual media. Watch David's video.

A Video Interview with John deKron, Media & Video Artist

Controlling a Media Facade: The Bix Simulator and VJ software ES-X. Watch John's video.

A Video Interview with Angela Lorenz, Graphic Designer

Angela Lorenz, a graphic designer and Max user, creates automated design and visuals.

A Video Interview with Barney Haynes, Media Artist & Educator

Installation and Performance Fabricating the interfaced machine. Watch Barney's video.

The Development of Jamoma

The Jamoma Project recently released version 0.2 of its modular framework for Max, MSP, and Jitter. Despite the low version number this software is actually quite mature, which years of development and experience forming the basis of the framework. Given that this is a significant release in Jamoma's roadmap, I thought I would talk about both Jamoma and it's development.

Cycling ’74 Releases Major Update To Jitter

Cycling '74 today announced the release of Jitter version 1.5, a major upgrade to its video, matrix and 3D graphics objects for the Max/MSP graphical programming environment.

Cycling ’74 Releases Momentary Incursions

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced the release of Momentary Incursions, the fourth volume in the Cycles series of audio source libraries.

Cycling ’74 Presents Product Workshop At San Francisco Apple Store

Cycling '74 today announced a special workshop on Cycling '74 products at the San Francisco Apple Store. As part of a series Apple hosts, this workshop will feature Product Specialist Gregory Taylor at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25th at the San Francisco Apple Store located at One Stockton Street in downtown San Francisco.

InVeSTigations (part 4)

In this tutorial, we'll add some interesting new bells and whistles to VST hosting and take a look at how you can begin to visually simplify your Max patches, even as they become more complex.

InVeSTigations (part 3)

In this tutorial, we'll look at a new message to the vst object that lets us load plug-ins without interrupting our audio, and take a look at a novel way to mix the outputs of several VST plug-ins.

InVeSTigations (part 2)

One quick way to start having fun with Max is to use the vst~ object to host audio plug-ins or VST instruments; you can load plug-ins you already have (or find some free plug-ins) and get a little experience with using Max to send messages to them while you gather the courage to write your own audio processing patches or virtual synths.

InVeSTigations (part 1)

One quick way to start having fun with Max is to use the vst~ object to host audio plug-ins or VST instruments; you can load plug-ins you already have (or find some free plug-ins) and get a little experience with using Max to send messages to them while you gather the courage to write your own audio processing patches or virtual synths.

Cycling ’74 Announces Direct To Dealer Sales

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced that on April 1st they started selling directly to dealers in the United States and Canada.

How do I turn that text stuff into a patch?

How do I turn that text stuff into a patch?

Cycling ’74 Ships Mode For Windows

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced the release of Mode for Windows. This popular package of native audio processing plug-ins is now available on Windows XP for host applications supporting the VST and RTAS formats. The package features three instruments and two effects units that integrate functions and performance controls typically found in rack-mount and workstation hardware.

The Poly Papers (part 1)

One of the more difficult things for many beginning Max/MSP users is dealing with polyphony. So I thought I'd write up a few articles about the poly~ object, and help take some of the heat off of a new user's head.

Things I wish HAD existed (so that people could have told me about them)

You, the beginner, are living in a golden age. There are three things out there in the world that didn't exist when I was a beginner that will improve the quality of your Maxing life. Oh, wait--four things... this column is number four. :-)

Things I wish people had told me, continued

We're living in a world where you enjoy a great number of possible tools you can use to realize your ideas; the "fit" between you and your tools and your tasks can be made for all kinds of reasons.

MI7 To Distribute Cycling ’74 Software In Europe

MI7, a distribution company for Media and Music Production Solutions based in Malmo, Sweden, and Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced a distribution agreement in which MI7 will distribute the entire Cycling '74 product line in Europe.

Things I wish people had told me (part zero)

A lot of what I thought was secret knowledge wasn't--it was only a secret if you thought that nothing of any value could possibly be found in a manual called "Getting Started." I learned this the hard way. You have no excuse. :-)

Welcome

Welcome to the beginner's corner. I will be your designated beginner for the duration of this journey. At the conclusion of your journey, I will be telling you really boring things you already know.

Cycling ’74 To Distribute Innovative Touchscreen Control Surface

Cycling '74, a San Francisco-based music software company, and the French company JazzMutant SAS today announced the signing of an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Cycling '74 will distribute JazzMutant's Lemur multitouch control surface within the United States. The Lemur is a sleek portable controller for live performance computer music applications featuring a 12" LCD display and a proprietary touch screen interface that can simultaneously track multipl...

Cycling ’74 Announces Hipno Plug-Ins

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced HIPNO 1.0, a new suite of over forty effects and instrument VST plug-ins for VST, Audio Units and RTAS Mac OS X host applications. Designed by ElectroTap, this package features an irresistible mix of granular, spectral, and filter/delay-based plug-ins featuring the unique Hipnoscope user interface. Also included in the package is an amazing set of processors that utilize live video input as a control source, and a new set of...

Cycling ’74 Releases Pluggo For Windows

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced the release of Pluggo for Windows. This popular package of native audio processing plug-ins will be available on Windows XP for host applications supporting the VST and RTAS formats.

Cycling ’74 Announces Mode For Windows

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco, today announced Mode for Windows. This popular package of native audio processing plug-ins will be available on Windows XP for host applications supporting the VST and RTAS formats. The package features three instruments and two effects units that integrate functions and performance controls typically found in rack-mount and workstation hardware. An additional 18 plug-in "submodules" extend the package with creative effects, parameter modul...

Cycling ’74 and Octiv Demonstrate Octirama

Cycling '74, a software company based in San Francisco and Octiv Inc., the Berkeley-based digital audio innovator, today demonstrated Octirama, a Surround Dynamics Processor for Digidesign ProTools Systems at the NAMM Winter Expo in Anaheim, California January 20-23, 2005.

Another reason why you should read the ENTIRE newspaper

I have found out that the Bush Administration called off the hunt for weapons of mass destruction? It was buried on page 10, a couple of hundread words...

Something that came up….

In the course of a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion with an old friend, we wound up talking about a particular form of anxiety...

Another defense for murder down the tubes….

The news that Hostess' parent company has filed for Chapter 11 protection is disturbing...

Reasons to be radiophonically happy

My first introduction to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy wasn't those lovely books by Douglas Adams (who I miss very much)--it was the original BBC radio series (Note: you can get it as an MP3-cd collection).

Current events in the Post Office queue

In a similar vein, here is a fascinating article on recent developments surrounding the interpretation of Shari'a, the Islamic legal code. Having reading like this (and this available to us is a great antidote to a lot of the ignorance that characterizes current discourse. Let us bless all those who light the candle rather than cursing in the darkness.

Nourishing opportunities for imagination (book pointer)

This excerpt from Richard Dawkins' new book The Ancestor's Tale: a Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution apparently engages with an intriguing line of inquiry: If evolution could be re-run, how might the story end differently?

Joysticks and javascript (fruit on the bottom)

I just wanted something like the joystick. Since, as Martin Luther points out, "It is easier to tear down than to build," I decided to make a stripped-down Javascript object that would do what I wanted. I thought I'd share it with you.

Political blogging and the road trip

While I enjoy the thrill of political bloggery as much as the next person, and check in with Joshua Micah Marshall and the vain, young, trash-mouthed skank more commonly known as our beloved Wonkette regularly and with interest and pleasure, I've run across an interesting bit of work quite by accident (I was looking for information about super shrimpy atomic clocks, if you must know).

Ignorance and the sublime, mingled in a single posting

you can send any Max mxj object the viewsource message (Even if you don't have the source, the viewsource message will decompile it for you if you have the Java class file!) to check on

Flocking analog synthesis (more Max/Moog Modular V fun)

While I'm generally interested in generative systems, I've been toying with and thinking about flocking algorithms for the past year or so

Geek x retro x bard =

In the midst of all the shoe collections and other diverting ephemera that is the web, one occasionally finds something amazing. How about hi-rez scans of Shakespeare's plays in their original quarto, and the ability to compare versions without having to schlep to St Pancras to the British Library? Sorry to be such a geek about this stuff, but hey....

Recording absences

Someone called me during my radio program last night and wanted to know about artists who, like Moby, had appropriated traditional folk musics into their work.

just ducky, thanks

I was commiserating with my friend and colleague R. on the phone this week about the difficulty of laying intelligeable voice over a huge, thick, turgid bed of audio oatmeal, courtesy of an unnamed artist who provides some incidental music. R. was interested in looking into spectral ducking as a way to solve his problem.

_, _, burning bright/in the forests of the night

We think of demilitarized zones (no, not the computer kind, the real ones like Cypriot Green Zones, the Korean DMZ and the Romulan and Klingon Neutral Zones) as many things: testing grounds for carcinogenic herbicides, graveyards, and so on. But this one caught me up short: DMZs as wildlife preserves?

Transliterations (Oh, so *that’s* it….)

I have heard it said several times and in several places that followers of Islam prefer to be referred to as "Muslim" rather than "Moslem," but no one ever explained the why of it to me.

Open GL 2.0 Specification Released

The OpenGL Architecture Review Board has released the official OpenGL 2.0 specification.

Event Priority in Max (Scheduler vs. Queue)

The following article is designed to shed some light on the different priority levels of Max events...

Freaks and Geeks

we'll be covering topics such as the inner workings of MaxMSP's scheduler, event, and DSP models; programming in Javascript, Java, or C; underlying operating system details; hacks and workarounds for tricky problems; et cetera...

Sound and vision

I've been thinking about designers who make noise today.

Mapping your ethical data space

I'm not sure quite what prompted this, and the graphics have had to depart from standard flowcharting style, but here is an interesting exercise for that Ethics 101 class you got stuck teaching or attending this term: an easy guide to the ethics of CD ripping...

Culture spaces!

One of the blessings of love is what others bring into our life. Or rather, what others may leave lying on the coffee table for us to stumble across...

“Nothing triggers latent genius like Flash” (Wally)

"Nothing triggers latent genius like Flash" (Wally)

I should have written this first

Some of my Cycling '74 colleagues have suggested that I blog, or at least post the occasional thing here that I shamelessly foist on my friends and colleagues. So I said, "Um, sure."...

A hall of fame

During a somewhat impromptu goodwill tour of the American east, J. and I stopped off to see my brother Mark, who's currently doing Shakespeare in Cleveland (city of lights, city of magic). It was great to see my brother ply his craft, and Cleveland turned out to have an absolutely amazing free art museum...