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An Interview with James Ryan
Does your doctor use Jitter? Whether it's doing visuals for Detroit musicians, audio-visual theater, or practicing medicine, James Ryan has found ways to expand his practice with Max.
An Interview with Jasper Speicher
In this interview, Jasper explains his use of Max in prototyping large projects and creating tools.
Video Interviews with Toni Dove and Luke DuBois
Learn about the history of Lucid Possession and the technological solutions used in the show, and how the entire complex system works.
An Interview with Geoff Martin
Developing new sound hardware for Bang & Olufsen with Max.
An Interview with Ryan Holsopple
Max enables him to create new theatrical experiences.
An Interview with Karl Kliem
Mouse on Mars visualist and long-time Max user shares his story.
An Interview with Andrew Spitz
Max let Andrew Spitz create his ideas without becoming a programmer.
An Interview with Icarus
Icarus discusses their “album in 1000 variations” and more.
An Interview with Jeff Rona
Jeff Rona shows how Max fits into his studio workflow and creative process.
An Interview with Andrew Demirijian
Producing artwork that incorporates technology and organic elements.
An Interview with Damian Taylor
The producer/engineer talks about Björk's "Biophilia" and how Max challenged his linear view of music.
The Morning Line, Part 2: Surround Concepts
Surround concepts for The Morning Line.
The Morning Line, Part 1
It’s rare these days to experience sound incorporated as an element into Public Art Works. I’m so very inspired by the impressively large-scale public sound installation by Tony Myatt, and Max/MSP wizard, Oli Larkin of the Music Research Centre (University of York, UK). The Morning Line is a huge outdoor sculpture, concealing a [...]
An Interview with Tom Erbe
SoundHack is a legendary, beloved, and free tool for mangling sound.
An Interview with Owen Pallett
I’m a sucker for well-trained musicians who push the boundaries creatively and aren’t afraid to experiment. Owen Pallet really blows me away with his talent and where he takes it. Classically trained on violin and piano he has backed the ‘indie band of the moment’ Arcade Fire and is now performing solo opening [...]
An Interview with Kurt Ralske
Kurt Ralske is a mysterious and interesting artist who makes gorgeous and magical video installations that seem to defy physics. This is a second career for this talented guy who danced with life as a pop star when he was very young.
An Interview with Valérie Lamontagne
Valérie Lamontagne is a digital media artist, designer, theorist and curator based in Montréal, Canada researching techno-artistic frameworks that combine human/nonhuman subjects. She recently used Max/MSP in a performance based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale “Peau d’Âne.”
An Interview with Giorgio Sancristoforo
Giorgio Sancristoforo is a very enthusiastic artist, musician, audio engineer and software developer based in Milan, Italy. Giorgio incorporates Max/MSP into all his projects whether they are his interesting audio applications that sell for a modest price or his more artistic projects such as sound design for a large-scale composition culled from the sounds of [...]
An Interview with Stretta
Matthew Davidson aka Stretta is a talented guy. He’s an accomplished graphic artist and video producer/editor but we talked to him about his music. Stretta’s music is lush, modest and dreamy in the tradition of Brian Eno but it definitely has character of its own. Stretta comes from a tradition of modular synthesis that led him to discover Max/MSP.
An Interview with Robert Henke
Robert Henke is a brilliant electronic musician who records and performs under his own name and also as Monolake. His music has been described as minimalist yet complex techno with an architectural sound. For me, his music is very spatial and multi-dimensional.I find it takes me on an extraordinary journey through space and time, similar to a great work of fiction. Henke recently said, "The last century was about the creation of electronic music. This century is about performance."
A Video and Text Interview with Alex Stahl
Alex Stahl is a veteran collaborator and this has never been more evident than in his collaboration with Composer Paul Dresher for the opera Schick Machine. As Robert Henke pointed out in the recent Max/MSP/Jitter Conference, Expo '74, many of us spend years working on the same Max patch. Alex Stahl has spent years developing the Max/MSP patches that are at the core of Schick Machine. Along the way he's developed skills that landed him a fascinating job at Pixar Studios. Collaboration can be qui...
An Interview with Dana Karwas
When you think of multimedia technology you think mostly about the technology. When you experience Dana Karwas' work you think of the rich organic layers of experience. Dana is working in the nebulous grey area between art and design. As a trained architect she is commissioned to do design works for giants such as Knoll, yet as an artist she creates amazingly tactile and organic performances like her work Party Dress and the installation Fursicle. Although based in architecture, Dana’s work us...
An Interview with Mattijs Kneppers
These days it seems that everyone wants to be an artist so I found it refreshing to meet someone who see himself as an engineer that wanted to create tools for artists. Mattijs Kneppers spoke to me by phone from his home in Holland.
A Video and Text Interview with Owen Grace: The Guitar Zeros
It's great to see the way that Max/MSP crosses musical genres and also allows people to repurpose available (and maybe not so available) technology. Owen Grace has a band called The Guitar Zeros. He took the guitar controllers used for the Guitar Hero video games and wrote a Max/MSP patch interface that allows him utilize them as an expressive and innovative, stand alone instrument. The Guitar Zeros band currently has four players, a guitar controller player, a bass controller player, a...
An Interview with Natasha Barrett of DR.OX
Some of us listen to many different types of music and are open to experimentation but, correct me if I'm wrong, sometimes the music that comes out of academic circles can be cold and dry. DR.OX is a welcome change. I had the pleasure of interviewing one half of DR.OX, Natasha Barrett, and I found her focused, enlightened and outspoken.
A Video and Text Interview with Monome
Brian Crabtree (who performs under the name tehn) and his partner Kelli Cain are collectively known as monome. They design what they call adaptable, minimalist interfaces. The musical instrument industry calls them alternate controllers. There are currently three models that interface with a computer. There is no hard-wired functionality; interaction between the keys and lights is determined by the application (such as Max/MSP) running on the computer. Basically the monome units can do whatever ...
An Interview with Vlad Spears
Daevlmakr sells a suite of plug-ins created in Max/MSP. I was able to spend a lot of time with Vlad Spears for this interview because he lives nearby in San Francisco...
Interview with Leafcutter John, Musician
I spent hours and hours agonizing over an introduction to this interview. Everything I wrote sucked and realized that I have to let him speak for himself. I think Leafcutter John is brilliant. I love his music which I have been listening to over and over. It is extraordinary, and I'm enthralled with his Max patches, which are amazing artworks in themselves. We had a series of wonderful and fun conversations over a series of weeks...
A Video and Text Interview with Luke DuBois, Educator and Musician
I first became aware of Luke DuBois when I heard his band’s CD Freight Elevator Quartet. Later, we met when he did custom MSP programming for the filmmaker Toni Dove. I was intrigued by the contrast of his knowledge and experience vs. his boyish demeanor. Luke DuBois might look like a college student but that impression changes the minute he opens his mouth. He is a Fellow at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University in New York City and teaches at NYU. Luke is an expert with Max/MSP/Ji...