Max- and Arduino-powered interactive music garden
Many of us at Cycling ’74 are gardening enthusiasts. When this stunning project was brought to our attention, two of our favorite worlds came together. Wish we could be there to see and hear it in person. Thanks for sharing, OFL Architecture! 1:38 shows a glimpse of their application built in Max.
Max/MSP, Arduino, and Jell-o Crack the New Instrument Mold
One of the things that first drew me to Max was its ability to connect such a wide variety of software and hardware in meaningful and flexible ways. Anything from video game controllers to muscle tension or brainwaves becomes fair game as a performance interface. The Resistor JelTone created by NYC Resistor, a NYC based [...]
Making Connections: Control Voltage Output Using OSC, Processing, and a Microcontroller
My most recent project, the USB-Octomod, uses Processing to create an OpenSoundControl (OSC) interface between any OSC-ready software and a hardware CV device I built using a Teensy 2.0 microcontroller and two MAX5250 DAC chips. In this article, I’m going to break down the connections between the different pieces of software and hardware used, in [...]
An Interview with Giorgio Sancristoforo
Giorgio Sancristoforo is a very enthusiastic artist, musician, audio engineer and software developer based in Milan, Italy. Giorgio incorporates Max/MSP into all his projects whether they are his interesting audio applications that sell for a modest price or his more artistic projects such as sound design for a large-scale composition culled from the sounds of [...]
An Interview with Elise Baldwin
Elise Baldwin is an intermedia artist that works with music and projections. I find her work to be both fragile and dense, inspiring me creatively on several levels. She creates music that interacts with both live and recorded video.
A Video and Text Interview with Alex Stahl
Alex Stahl is a veteran collaborator and this has never been more evident than in his collaboration with Composer Paul Dresher for the opera Schick Machine. As Robert Henke pointed out in the recent Max/MSP/Jitter Conference, Expo '74, many of us spend years working on the same Max patch. Alex Stahl has spent years developing the Max/MSP patches that are at the core of Schick Machine. Along the way he's developed skills that landed him a fascinating job at Pixar Studios. Collaboration can be qui...
Making Connections: Eowave’s New Wireless Eobody
Eowave has introduced another product in their line of sensor to MIDI interfaces called the Eobody2 HF, a wireless sensor to USB MIDI device. Building on the user-friendly and rock solid USB MIDI technology used in other recent Eobody boards, the HF allows you to place interactive sensor electronics on dancers, small objects, or anything else where cables would get in the way. Now that we have some of these in stock at the Cycling '74 office, I sat down to give them a thorough run-through to see...
An Interview with Noriko Matsumoto
An amazing artist with an amazing range of work, read the interview of Noriko Matsumoto by Greg Taylor.
A Look Back at NIME 2009
I will try to summarize here what I thought were some of the highlights of NIME 2009...
LFO Tutorial 4: Building Complexity
I'd like to share some really simple things that have worked for me that I hope you'll find useful, or that may provide a starting point for your own investigations.
Experiences from “Welcome Sound”
Many of us are invited to perform in unique circumstances – it’s a part of the Digital Media life. Recently, we’ve been featuring some interesting examples of Max-based work, including Andrew Benson’s work with M.I.A. and Dana Karwas’ installations. So when I was asked to play with an electronic music All-Star Band, I couldn’t help but document the experience.
Jitter on the Mainstage at Coachella
On the afternoon of April 3rd, I received an email from M.I.A.'s manager asking if I'd be interested in working with them on a one-off show on the mainstage at Coachella that would feature live video processing... Upon reflecting, I would also like to share a couple of valuable lessons I learned working on this production...
The Video Processing System, Part 3
In this installment, we'll be working on some more advanced ninja tricks - creating the beginnings of a control/preset structure with assignable LFOs, and building a GPU-based video delay effect. These two parts will bring our system to a much more usable level, and allow for much more complex and interesting results. Ironically, most of what we are really doing in this installment is just an extension of bread-and-butter Max message passing stuff.
An Interview with Keith McMillen
Keith McMillen Instruments recently impressed all of us at NAMM with demonstrations of a new pair of string performance devices, the K-Bow and StringPort, both of which include some very rich software applications written in MaxMSP. The K-Bow, a bluetooth-based wireless gestural controller integrated into a violin bow, has just started shipping so we thought it would be a good time to catch up with Keith and find out more about the project. I met Keith at his studio...
Max 5 Guitar Processor, Part 5
In this, the final episode of our guitar processing extravaganza, we are going to step away from making effects and focus on performance support. For a system as complicated as this, performance support means two things: patch storage and realtime control. Thus, we will learn to create a preset system and manipulate the various on-screen controls with an inexpensive MIDI footpedal system.
Max 5 Guitar Processor, Part 4
At this point, we have a pretty useful guitar processing "rack", but it could use a little spice. This spice will come from two additional processors: a looping delay unit, and a basic reverb system. Also, to help keep the output useful, we will drop a limiter on the back end of the entire rig.
The Video Processing System, Part 1
Between the tutorials, Jitter Recipes, and all of the example content, there are many Jitter patches floating around that each do one thing pretty well, but very few of them give a sense of how to scale up into a more complex system. Inspired by a recent patching project and Darwin Grosse's guitar processing articles, this series of tutorials will present a Jitter-based live video processing system using simple reusable modules, a consistent control interface, and optimized GPU-based processes w...
Max 5 Guitar Processor, Part 3
In the last article, we added some basic tonal effects: distortion/overdrive and EQ/filtering. This time, we will expand our virtual effects rack to include both a phase shifter and a full-featured modulating digital delay. As we add these effects, you will begin to see why a DIY effects system can trump any commercial product.