I spent the first week of July at Goldsmiths College at NIME, checking out lots of new interfaces for musical expressions. As our host Atau Tanaka pointed out, it’s just as easily new instruments for musical expression – the conference and its participants are well past the point of tinkering or researching techniques. They’re making instruments, making noise, and doing things in the intriguing ways that emergent communities do when they grow.
It’s a great time to be having the kinds of discussions about the relationship between instruments and performance that occur both in the context of the papers and presentations and performances and also (with considerable passion) in the pubs at the day’s end.
CNMAT presents our intensive and immersive summer workshop for artists, musicians, interface designers, and anyone wanting to improve their skills with Max/MSP/Jitter (MMJ) or learn from scratch. This year’s course will showcase CNMAT’s odot library and in-house tools built up over the last 20 years, along with various hidden Max tricks. Our format includes lectures, demos, and hands-on lab time. If you are looking to get up to speed with the latest in Max, this is the place to be!
Special Guests include John Chowning, David Wessel and David Zicarelli.
Please find details below.
CNMAT’s Max/MSP/Jitter course course will be taught by programmers and artists with a great deal of experience both using and teaching the software. By the end of the workshop, students should be able to construct sophisticated, robust patches.
Max/MSP/Jitter Day+Night School – July 21-25, 2014, 10AM-9PM
This intensive week of hands-on classes covers a wide variety of topics related to Max/MSP/Jitter programming and will make use of the latest features of Max 6.
The schedule will be as follows: Monday through Friday, July 21-25, 2014
10am-12pm: Beginning/Intermediate MMJ Programming
1-3pm: Beginning/Intermediate Lab
3-5pm: Open Lab/Special Topics 5-6pm: Dinner Break 6-9pm: Advanced MMJ Programming
Instructors: John MacCallum, Jeff Lubow, David Wessel, Adrian Freed, other experienced teachers, and YOU.
The classes each day will consist of two lectures separated by lab sessions where the students will receive one-on-one attention from the instructors and assistants. All students, regardless of their skill level, are encouraged to attend all of the sessions throughout the day.
NOTE: Participants are required to bring their own laptops with the latest version of Max/MSP/Jitter 6 already installed and running (Mac OSX or Windows 7/8). Download here: http://cycling74.com/products/max/ Please bring a set of headphones to use during the lab. Also, participants are strongly advised to have gone through the Max, MSP, and Jitter (if applicable) tutorials before the workshop. Pricing: As always, we try to keep our workshop fees as reasonable as possible. In the past, the morning and evening sessions were priced separately and would cost over $1000 combined. We offer both for $750.
To reserve a space contact Richard Andrews: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ableton’s Christian Kleine was one of the first people to dig into Max for Live and really start using it. Now he’s released a new set of Max for Live devices called Max for Cats. To learn more about these devices and get some pointers from Christian himself, head over to Create Digital Music or pick them up at the Ableton Store.
If you haven’t tried it yet, the HAP codec provides fast realtime playback of videos directly to OpenGL textures for a streamlined display. To pick up the object, visit Rob’s jit.gl.hap Toolbox Page.
Our CEO, David Zicarelli happened to be in attendance during the Tate’s Hack the Space event and got to see a Max project take home one of the prizes. David says, “It was pretty random walking into the Tate and seeing the presentation of a cool Max project. The work was both sophisticated and disturbing. You can’t ask for much more than that.” The work in question was created by Adam John Williams and Robert Wollner, and featured two projection-mapped heads showing Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. To learn more about the event and catch a glimpse of the work, check out The Guardian Article.