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Matthew Davidson

Written Articles

Things at CES 2014 That You Might Connect to Max

Whew! Boy am I not exhausted from not attending CES. Via my patented investigative technique of reading other news sources I am pleased to bring you this secondhand report of Things You Just Might Want to Consider Connecting to Max, If You’re So Inclined in that Direction. Up first. Smart lighting. So here’s the problem. You’re [...]

Risset Glissandos and Strange Loops

“One of my early desires as a musician was to sculpt and organize directly the sound material, so as to extend compositional control to the sonic level – to compose the sound itself, instead of merely composing with sounds.” –Jean-Claude Risset A strange loop arises when, by moving only upwards or downwards, one finds oneself [...]

Control your Expert Sleeper’s ES-4 with native Max modules

Using only a single stereo S/PDIF output from your audio interface, you can access up to five ES-4 gate expander modules – each of which supports eight gate outputs. That’s 40 outputs! All this flexibility is easily accessed with Expert Sleeper’s new native Max es4encoder~ object. It couldn’t be simpler. The five eight bit outputs [...]

LED Water Light Graffiti

The “Water Light Graffiti” is a surface made of thousands of LED illuminated by the contact of water. You can use a paintbrush, a water atomizer, your fingers or anything damp to sketch a brightness message or just to draw. Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space without deterioration. [...]

Prime numbers visualized as periodic waveforms

Sometimes mathematics seems opaque and mysterious until someone finds a way to illustrate a concept in a unique way. Often the results are beautiful. For each natural number n, we draw a periodic curve starting from the origin, intersecting the x-axis at n and its multiples. The prime numbers are those that have been intersected [...]

Working with Hardware: Livid’s Code

Part 3 of the tutorial series on Livid Instruments' Code.