M4_u European Max/MSP convention January 2012

Oct 25, 2011 at 5:49pm

M4_u European Max/MSP convention January 2012

On January 13 Phoenix Square Digital Media Centre will host Max/MSP for users(M4_u)European convention.

This programme aims to present a variety of events and exhibitions utilising Max/MSP/Jitter/Max For Live to engage the widest possible range of audiences. Projects and other work that utilises this software in conjunction with other types of software or hardware technology are welcome.

For information on submissions and more details about the event including ticketing, travel and accommodation information go to the convention website: http://www.maxuk.wordpress.com

For details of the month long exhibition surrounding the event at Leicester’s Interact gallery check: http://interactgallery.co.uk/

Programme so far:

David Zicarelli – How to be better at Max
Tarik Barri – Versum
Nick Bugayev – Kapture
Julien Bayle – Max/MSP and Max for Live as the framework alternative to pure C++ programming
Andrew Robertson – B – Keeper
Richard Garrett – Nwdlbots
Bret Battey – Compressed Feedback Synthesis
3 more speakers to be announced in the next few days!

Our Workshops so far:

Nick Rothwell – Programming with Clojure
Lorenzo Picaneli – Spacialisation tools

Performers will include:

Tarik Barri
Nick Rothwell
Julien Bayle

Instillations open to the public will be provided by:

Luke Woodbury
Tarik Barri

Any questions regarding the event are very welcome!

Oct 25, 2011 at 7:54pm

I have no idea what my schedule is going to be like around then but I can’t wait for this now! I guess we’ll all be seasoned Max 6 users by then.

Oct 25, 2011 at 8:48pm

sent a message via your submissions page about a workshop proposal…(if it’s not too late)

Oct 26, 2011 at 8:38am

This is looking like it will be brilliant!

Dec 8, 2011 at 12:59pm

bumping this to ask:

Any UK-based Maxers going to Leicester next month?


Dec 8, 2011 at 1:22pm

I’ll be going, great to see a UK based Max event!

Dec 8, 2011 at 2:16pm

@Brendan I should hopefully be coming down, depending on how my schedule’s looking around then (someone has already picked me up a ticket just in case).

I got your message through my site’s contact form, by the way, although I wasn’t sure if you’d mixed me up with another message you might have been sending – you addressed me Jason, not James ;-) – I’ll look into the blog-following issue you mentioned. Either way, my new blog hasn’t quite kicked off properly yet, I should be posting some updates towards the end of this month but I’ve been super-busy actually working on stuff for a change!

Dec 8, 2011 at 3:07pm


sorry – James. No idea where Jason came from, had loads of windows open. Damn it, wimmin are right: men can NOT multitask :(

Hope to see you at M4_U


Dec 8, 2011 at 10:16pm


You betcha!

Dec 9, 2011 at 2:41pm

Sorely tempted to venture out of Wales for this, even though I do have my viva the following week, not to mention work & family commitments.
Fingers crossed…

Dec 9, 2011 at 11:39pm

best of luck with the viva!


Dec 13, 2011 at 3:44am

Im from Leicester and will certainly be attending, A couple of the guys are lecturers at my uni so I know its gonna be high quality! Bret Battey is a polybrain!

Dec 13, 2011 at 4:11pm

Full schedule is up now!!!


…and tickets on sale!!!!


its looking like a really great event so it would be great to see you all there!

Dec 13, 2011 at 4:14pm

Can you recommend anywhere to stay if I manage to come up for both days?

Dec 13, 2011 at 4:49pm

We are working on a promotional code from a nearby hotel. It’ll be on the site in the next few days if we get it.
The Leicester Ibis is pretty cheap though, and so close you could probably watch the conference from your window!


Hope that helps, be good to see you there.

Dec 13, 2011 at 5:15pm

Thanks for the tip! I hope to see everyone there!

Dec 14, 2011 at 2:05am

thanks in advance for putting all the releated patches online. :)

Dec 15, 2011 at 12:25pm

Thats a good point! I’ll see what I can do.

Dec 22, 2011 at 11:14pm

…only 20 more sleeps….

Jan 1, 2012 at 9:02pm

Further to the point about accommodation, there is now loads of info on the site about local hotels!


Happy New Year!!!

Jan 2, 2012 at 1:24am

Excellent! Travelodge looks the best bet personally, almost everywhere else costs more than the conference price per night!

Jan 5, 2012 at 7:44pm


Check the site for details of the new speaker added to the schedule!!


Lorenzo Picinali will talk about Max/MSP in his research covering topics such as

Virtual Reality Interactive Environments for the Blind

The Sound of Proteins

Audio and Haptics Interaction

Multimedia and Audiology Networks

Jan 5, 2012 at 10:23pm

woohoo. Just booked it all – I’ll be staying at the IBIS, mainly because it’s like 300-400 meters from Phoenix.

I’ll be there on the 12th – does anyone want to meet up for dinner and a geekout?
Andreas – flying in from Copenhagen.

Jan 6, 2012 at 11:44am

Andreas: will be great to meet you at last. (I forgot you were in Copenhagen – I worked on a Max installation there a month or two ago.)

Jan 6, 2012 at 11:47am

Hi Andreas
I’m in the Ibis too, flying in from the equally exotic Belfast.


Jan 6, 2012 at 11:53am

Andreas: will be great to meet you at last. (I forgot you were in Copenhagen – I worked on a Max installation there a month or two ago.)

Jan 6, 2012 at 5:00pm

Wicked – been looking forward to this (and I must confess to sulking for a month when I missed the expo in New York)
Who else is hard at work actually finishing patches right now? ;)

Brendan: Brilliant! When will you be in?

Nick: Likewise! Such a great opportunity to get together.

Jan 6, 2012 at 6:35pm

I look forward to seeing everyone ‘IRL’, although right now I’m just hoping I won’t be too grouchy for the first part of the day. I’ll be on a train in Manchester around 7:30 to ensure that I won’t be missing David Zicarelli and trains make me grouchy at the best of times!

I’ll consider bringing my laptop along although I’m quite keen to ‘watch from the sidelines’ at this event and garner some tips for improving my own work. If anyone’s interested though, I might bring this along: http://sonifyou.tumblr.com/

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:07pm

Looks like a cool project! I’d like to have a look.

Jan 6, 2012 at 7:40pm

This sounds great but looking at train prices from liverpool its a whopping £64 return :p Think perhaps I will have to sit this one out and practice at home instead :)

Jan 6, 2012 at 8:18pm

Arriving Ibis thurs night around 9 or 10pm

ps “geekout” :)

could you stretch to a bus ticket? Or car share? tmtm :)


Jan 6, 2012 at 8:38pm

I’ll be at the Ibis on the 12th. Am up for meeting up too.

Jan 6, 2012 at 8:43pm

bus is cheap to be sure 11-15pound each way but takes 5 hours :D (five hours! That’s how long it takes to london :P, probably ridiculous waits between changes). Anyway that would mean staying an extra night which would eat the savings. Wish I’d seen this earlier then might have been able to plan better.

Jan 6, 2012 at 11:41pm

BTW, I tried a few of these transport booking sites listed on the m4_u site, some spat out crazy prices like 97gbp from london – http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ came up with just 20 pounds each way, which I find rather reasonable.

Jan 7, 2012 at 1:01am

Cool, I’ll add that to the site now!


Jan 7, 2012 at 1:08am

well, it’s already on there, BUT they actually do the full trip with bus and train, not just trains as stated.

Jan 7, 2012 at 9:45am

Yea, seen that now. Cheers anyway!

Jan 7, 2012 at 12:18pm

Tickets bought, £70 return from Manchester inc. booking fee. Don’t forget, UK rail fares have seen increases of up to 11% this year so it ain’t going to be cheap unless you buy super early. Luckily that’s an ‘anytime’ return, meaning if I get delayed I can still get home!

Less than a week to go!

Jan 7, 2012 at 1:09pm

Doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make it, so how much of it are you streaming and what time does the stream kick off?
Will there be an archive, or just a live stream?

Jan 9, 2012 at 10:38am

Hi Roger,

Thanks for the interest! Due to reliability/quality issues there will be no live stream. We are however working on putting together an archive for some parts of the schedule that will be available through the website a week or so after the event.

Hope that answers some questions!

Jan 9, 2012 at 1:41pm

Shame; when I saw that /media/stream page, I thought…
Just because they ask us stream everything you could feasibly call an ‘event’ where I work, I’d assumed this was becoming the norm ;-)
I’ll look forward to viewing the archive, then,

Jan 9, 2012 at 3:08pm

Hey Andreas & Nick & Brendan etc,

I’ll be flying in from Amsterdam early the 12th; I’ll stay in a B&B instead of the Ibis, but i hope that won’t disqualify me for the geekout ;)


Jan 9, 2012 at 5:25pm

It won’t disqualify you, but we may not talk to you due to collective jealousy that you’ll be getting a good breakfast.

Jan 11, 2012 at 11:59am


Ibis “all-you-can-eat” breakfast might be a winner?


Jan 11, 2012 at 12:17pm

I think that’s highly unlikely.

Jan 11, 2012 at 12:49pm

‘Ibis’, ‘breakfast’ and ‘winner’ don’t often appear in the same sentence from experience. Saying that, it’ll be better than the pile of toss I’ll be getting on my train journey Friday morning ;-)

Jan 11, 2012 at 1:37pm

Well I just dug out my converting Swiss Army travel adapter; I’m ready for anything.

I don’t think I’ll be bringing a lot apart from ipad, wacom, laptop and some lemur patches.
Oh, and my appetite for trashy breakfast foods is coming too, I hear.

I’m checking in as Andreas Wetterberg @ibis, and my mobile is (0045)51 92 59 29, just in case.

(I wonder if I’m the only one digging around for proper patches in long lost folders right now?)

Jan 11, 2012 at 1:40pm



ps Andreas; trawling the HD myself too

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Jan 11, 2012 at 2:38pm

@Andreas no you’re not… I’m currently trying to get all my Clojure code to compile again. (I need some of it for the workshop and the rest of it for the Saturday night gig.)

Jan 11, 2012 at 4:25pm

@noob: rofl. Oh god, there’s gonna be sooo many jokes along those lines. Yikes, I’m glad my wife’s not coming, she’d off herself right then and there.

speaking of clojure, it said somewhere that we’d need to sign up for the workshops, but I can’t see the signup lists anywhere? You know anything I don’t?

I just located an old Jitter sequencer that I can actually use for stuff. Not this nonsense I made a while back:

Jan 11, 2012 at 7:14pm

Sorry – I don’t know anything about the workshop signup, or the admin/organisation in general – ask @seanzshow.

I’ll be arriving in Leicester tomorrow evening (around 9pm). Email me (nick(at)cassiel(dot)com) if you want to hook up…

Jan 11, 2012 at 10:28pm

woo! Finally got round to buying a ticket.

see y’all there

Jan 11, 2012 at 11:01pm

@Nick – alright, I dropped you an email.

Jan 12, 2012 at 12:52am

Hi, some clarification on workshop sign-up


Hope this clears things up.

Really looking forward to meeting you all over the weekend.

Jan 12, 2012 at 4:10pm

Anyone know where to find the workshop sign up webpage?

the link in the above post doesn’t say where the signup page is.


Jan 12, 2012 at 8:30pm

You sign up on the bottom of the page for each individual workshop

Jan 15, 2012 at 7:38pm

Just wanted to say a big thanks to Sean for all his hard work and enthusiasm during the weekend. It was all a blast, and very worthwhile! Stay in touch, guys.

Jan 15, 2012 at 7:46pm

Ditto, really great event. Well done Sean, hope its going to be a yearly thing!

Was great to meet up with everyone and see all the different things that people are up to, really inspirational stuff. Thanks for sharing y’all!

Jan 15, 2012 at 11:00pm

Yeah agreed, thanks very much Sean. It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days :) Would love to see it become a yearly thing like Luke suggests!

Jan 15, 2012 at 11:05pm

Double ditto (?)

The standard of content, location, venue, welcome etc etc for the entire weekend was excellent, too much stuff to discuss here, main inspiration was of course Sean himself. Well done, nuff respec’ as we don’t say in Co. Down.

Time to head over to the m4_u site and wax lyrical/prosaic there…….the more props he gets, the more likely funders are willing to reinvest in m4_u 2013 I guess.


Jan 15, 2012 at 11:41pm

Travelled for 13 hours today on only 3 hours of sleep and a slight hangover… phew.

Thanks to all of you for a great vibe and a great learning experience – especially Jan, Nick, Sean, Tarik, Henrique, Adrian and Gavin. You’re all amazing and I really hope to get some great collaborations going.

Much love and tired patchings,

Jan 16, 2012 at 10:55am

Yeah it was fun. Hope it happens again. Thanks everyone.

Good to see what a good looking bunch of well adjusted individuals we all are he he!

Jan 16, 2012 at 11:42am


I had a great time and it was really nice to meet you all.

Thank you again to sean

see you all at the next one!


Jan 16, 2012 at 12:03pm

Although I could only make Friday and had to make a move towards the end of Tarik’s presentation (did we get sound in the end?) I had a very enjoyable time.

@Luke Woodbury: your presentation certainly resonated with me most, expect emails for adivce shortly!

@Bret Battey (if he ever checks here): That CFS composition (and the composition process) really blew my mind. I just wish that had been first thing when my early start wasn’t starting to slow my brain down!

@David Zicarelli: It’s heartening to know that even the you sometimes look at patches you’ve made and draw a blank. It’s a phenomenon that can slow down many a productive day!

Wish I’d had chance to talk to a few more people but I was combining the day with a reunion too! Same time next year?

Jan 16, 2012 at 12:51pm

[janklug.multiple ditto]


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Jan 17, 2012 at 6:31am

thanks to sean for organising, it was a huge success imo.

if anyone put slides (etc) online , it would be great to know… i didn’t make it to all the things i wanted to see!

I put the slides from my workshop here: http://bit.ly/wtxyDM


Jan 17, 2012 at 8:35am

@dickmedd – that’s really encouraging to hear, happy to help if I can!

Jan 17, 2012 at 10:13am

MAXI MEGA THANKS TO Sean Carroll & Phoenix place.
I put a little report here on my blog : http://julienbayle.net/2012/01/17/m4_u-leicester-report


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