Bruno Zamborlin developed a new product that will allow you to turn every day objects into musical instruments. The iOS software shown on the Kickstarter page is based on the Max patch that Bruno uses for his live performances and installations.
Mogees consists of a mobile app and a small sensor that detects and analyses the vibrations that we make when we interact with the objects around us. It uses a special sound technique to alter their acoustic properties so as to make them musical.
Two remarkable new books featuring Max have just been published that should be a part of any serious student’s collection.
First, volume 2 of Electronic Music and Sound Design by Alessandro Cipriani and Maurizio Giri continues the first volume’s exploration of audio applications of Max/MSP through hundreds of interactive examples. In this volume, the focus shifts to DSP effects and a unique treatment of what the authors call “motion” — descriptions of how sound can evolve through time. There is also a section on MIDI for control applications, and perhaps the first coverage of the use of Max for Live in book form.
Volume 2 was translated by our former colleague Richard Dudas now imparting his vast wisdom to students at Hanyang University School of Music in Seoul.
The book just arrived today and I am excited to try out the hundreds of amazing examples that accompany the book. Here’s a link to Electronic Music and Sound Design on Amazon.
Next, I just learned today of the publication of Peter Elsea’s new book The Art and Technique of Electroacoustic Music that includes an extensive chapter on Max. The book is structured as a course on the fundamentals you need to compose with acoustic and electronic sounds, so it doesn’t just cover the use of software, but also recording, editing, and studio techniques.
Peter is one of the true heroes of the Max community, generously sharing his collections of objects and tutorials that remain essential resources for anyone working with the software. He recently retired after more than three decades teaching at UC Santa Cruz, inspiring countless students, a number of whom I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years. It’s also fun for me as a Santa Cruz resident that there is so much Max literacy in this town — something which is entirely Peter’s doing. (OK, it’s not like I’m going to be able to walk into the Red Room and strike up a conversation with a random person about the finer points of funbuff, but you know what I mean.)
Check out The Art and Technique of Electroacoustic Music on Amazon.
Are you patching on location in an exotic place, setting up a show, or just connecting objects in the corner of your local cafe? Is Max a part of your studio or office?
We’re excited to launch a new feature of Cycling74.com called Max Workspaces. We know that Max is used all over the world to do a big variety of things. We are hoping this new section of the website will offer a glimpse into the various studios, offices, theaters, coffeeshops, and miscellaneous spaces that the Max community touches. We also think it’s really fun to share photos of where you are, and offer peeks of work in progress. Visit the Max Workspaces page to check out other people’s photos and upload one of your own.
Our friend and co-worker, Rob Ramirez, shared some recent work with us and provided details on how he used Max. The best part is that you don’t have to be a fan of Star Trek… not that I’ve ever met someone like that.
The show was built entirely with Max from start to finish. We began by collecting clips of Shatner as Kirk from the three seasons of Star Trek, and building a database using Max’s sqlite implementation. From this, we created a dictionary of possible words to hand off to our writer. However we quickly realized that any word was possible to create by combining syllables from other words (eg interchangeable created from intercraft + change + considerable). After receiving the completed text, I created a sequencing patch that took the script as input and gave me all the possible variations for each of the words in the text. I could then adjust the starting and ending positions, and overlap between words to fine-tune the rhythm and tone of his speech. – Rob
Cycling ’74 is a completely distributed company theoretically located in San Francisco. It’s technically not located in San Francisco any more due to the fact that it no longer has an office. Its corporate records are stored in my house in Santa Cruz and we pay city business license tax there as well. The only actual office where people go to work every day outside of their places of residence is in Berlin. We (indirectly) rent a small space for three people.
So people are always asking us, how does it work out if everyone works from home?
I know this sounds like some sort of internet meme, but it’s literally true: one of the major hazards of working from home is…cats.
Earlier this week, the high-powered Cycling ’74 executive team was having its high-powered weekly conference call when one member of the team, who wishes to remain anonymous, suddenly interrupted me (I tend to talk way too much) and said, “Uh, my cat has just exploded all over me and I need to go…now.”
So, naturally, because of our cat-friendly corporate policies, we suspended the meeting until our co-worker could take a shower and remove the charming scent of feline spray.
The meeting ended without further incident an hour later. I also need to point out that I spent the entire time in bed, since I woke up right when the meeting was supposed to start. After the meeting concluded, I remained in bed to write up the action items. I had almost finished my summary when I detected telltale cat scratching a few inches away from me. Further unpleasant investigation revealed that yes, due to the dog blocking the path to the litter box, my cat had just peed all over the bed.
I subsequently sent an e-mail to the rest of the meeting participants describing the incident; subject line: “universal resonance.” It turned out that two other people at the meeting were cleaning up after their cats.
Finally, Darwin responded that he had just banished his cat to the outdoors. “I’ve seen the future.”