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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.

Jitter Recipes: Book 1, Recipes 0-12

Book 1 contains some clever solutions, advanced trans-coding techniques, groovy audio/visual toys, and basic building blocks for more complex processing.

Configuring Eclipse for MXJ

In this tutorial, Nick Rothwell will lead us through the process of setting up the powerful Eclipse IDE for creating MXJ objects for Max.

MXJ Class Loading

This is a quick rundown of how the MXJ class loader works, and the implications for class variables (statics).

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.

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.

An Interview With David Wessel

David Wessel is Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley where he directs the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). Wessel worked at IRCAM between 1979 and 1988; his activities there included starting the department where Miller Puckette first began working on Max on a Macintosh. Since Wessel's arrival in Berkeley over ten years ago, CNMAT has been actively involved in teaching Max/MSP as well as developing freely available Max-based software projects. In this ...

An Interview With Carl Stone

San Francisco resident Carl Stone has composed electro-acoustic and computer music exclusively since 1972. He has been commissioned to compose and perform his works in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In this 1999 interview with Gregory Taylor, Stone talks about his methods for composing with new technologies and the artistic implications of sampling.

An Interview With John Eichenseer

jhno, a.k.a. John Eichenseer, is the culprit responsible for many of the plug-ins in the Pluggo collection. A musician and programmer living in San Francisco since 1994, jhno can be found DJing chill rooms in the bay area as well as experimenting with live collaborations in the diverse local scene. In this 1999 conversation with [...]

An Interview With Andrew Schloss

With a set of experiences that includes playing with Tito Puente, touring with Peter Brook's theatre ensemble in the 70s, and recently playing percussion with Rickie Lee Jones for the opening of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, it's clear that Andrew Schloss has been all over the map for the past 30 years. In the mid-80s, shortly after discovering the radio drum, an electronic instrument created at Bell Labs, he went to IRCAM where Miller Puckette and David Wessel introduced him to Max. ...

An Interview With Bob Ostertag

Bob Ostertag is a music school dropout who has since performed all over the world and has collaborated with the likes of John Zorn, Fred Frith, drag diva Justin Bond, and the Kronos Quartet. In this interview he describes his creative process and what inspires him to design his technological instruments.

An Interview With Luke DuBois

Luke DuBois is a teacher at Columbia University in New York City, and a member of the famous Freight Elevator Quartet, whose "Fix It In Post" CD is making waves as the first release on the C74 record label. In this conversation with Gregory Taylor, Luke shares stories of synthesizer part scrounging, the early days of the Freight Elevator Quartet, and some of his most inspiring students' projects.