Tutorial Material

Jun 26, 2006 at 8:01pm

Tutorial Material


Am looking for recommendations for tutorial books/media from novice to advanced on Max/msp) – this is for intelligent composers with little or no prior experience from undergraduate to postgrad level. I have compiled a fair amount of the usual available tutorial suspects but it would be great to see a beautifully compiled book and cd’s for max/msp/jitter. If its not available maybe one of you fine people should write one- Id buy several copies!



Jun 27, 2006 at 12:13pm

To my knowledge there is only one book
Todd Winkler’s ‘Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas Using Max’
I own it and it is a fantastic book which goes into some fantastic detail on the Max element of the program. It is however pre MSP, so it wont help much in that respect. other than that you may find some help at http://www.musicmachinestudio.com/max_links.html or from cycling themselves.

I have often contemplated writing a book about it, however there is so much in max, that it could be about 5 feet thick…. maybe one day I’ll get round to it. Hope this helps anyway, if you think you can get your head around jitter/msp the MAx book is a fantastic starting point…oh and dont forget the tutorials, which are pretty damned good too.


Jun 27, 2006 at 12:41pm

Yes, Todd’s book is good for starters. Robert Rowe also has a couple of
books that I find helpful. The first describes his own standalone
performance application but he includes some max patches that perform
equivalent functions. The second book is more advanced but covers many
important issues of interactive performance.

Once more I’ll plug Mark Phillips’ tutorial app E_A available from his site
at Ohio University. Don’t forget Peter Elsea’s tutorials and the tutorials
and help files from Cycling74.

I too have thought about doing a book but I’d rather compose. The working
title would be “A Max Sketchbook” consisting of 15-20 chapters. Each
chapter would be written by someone in the Max community and would describe
a complete composition and everything that goes into it technically and
artistically. It could include a CD of the composition along with complete
software. If anyone is interested in such a thing, I would be happy to edit
Gary Lee Nelson
TIMARA Department
Oberlin College

Jun 27, 2006 at 1:41pm

Sounds like an interesting idea, and would certainly interest me. If you get alot of interest in the idea from others let me know. writing a chapter sounds considerably less daunting than writing the whole thing from scratch! and I certainly have a few patches that would be suitable.


Jun 27, 2006 at 7:42pm

I found Peter Elsea’s MaxTutors very useful.


– Paul

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Jul 9, 2006 at 5:20pm

I think there is a captive audience for Max/Msp tutorials. It would be great to see more of these! I have been a frustrated max owner for a long time.

I am finding the ARGO stuff very helpful though!

Jul 12, 2006 at 6:43pm

It would be wonderful to see more people sharing their approach to
building a project in MaxMSP/Jitter. If you haven’t already, I highly
recommend checking out the various articles on the Cycling ’74 website,
as a supplement to the tutorials that ship with MaxMSP. Also, the
tutorials at http://www.creativesynth.com are very good as well. We try to
update the website articles and tutorials whenever we can find time, and
welcome any suggestions from curious users.

Andrew B.

Jul 12, 2006 at 8:21pm

That reminds me: last time I checked, the C’74 aggregate feed was broken
by some sort of syntax problem.

Jul 12, 2006 at 10:47pm

This was due to a minor html typo in my article.

Should be fixed soon.

Andrew B.


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