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An Interview With Kim Cascone

Kim Cascone has worked as a synth tech, edited music for David Lynch films, founded San Francisco's first ambient electronic music label, and helped design new systems of audio for video games. In this conversation with Ben Nevile, Cascone discusses his electronic history, his interest in genetic algorithms, and a fresh compositional direction that he calls "New Density".

An Interview With William Kleinsasser

In the last 20 years William Kleinsasser has received national and international recognition in competitions, conferences and festivals by pushing technology to its limits. The c74 CD Available Instruments showcases the composer's ability to adapt digital technology to the orchestral environment. In this interview with David Zicarelli, Kleinsasser discusses the fundamental challenges facing computer music, and connects the dots between yesterday's tape music and his modern interactive compositi...

An Interview with Barney Haynes

Barney has been working in the fields of reactive installation and invasive media for 10 years.

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.

How do I turn that text stuff into a patch?

How do I turn that text stuff into a patch?

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 OTHERS wish people had told THEM

When I started this series of short "advice" pieces to Max/MSP/Jitter beginners, I also decided to ask a number of my friends and colleagues about what their ideas of what good advice might be so that you won't be left with just my admittedly biased advice set...

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.

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.

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...

Inexpensive steadicams? really?

So, you think that the web is just a bunch of ranting and sixties lampshades over, and over again? Well, cheer up--some kind soul has posted instructions for making your own steadycam using humble hardware store parts. I think we all owe the guy a drink.

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).