Bach beta 0.7 release
Congratulations to Andrea and Daniele on the release of Bach beta 0.7, which is a massive update with tons of new features and performance improvements. For those of you who have not heard of the Bach project, it is a huge and fully featured traditional music notation system for MaxMSP.
Sonic Robots – A M4L controlled robotic drum machine.
Moritz Simon Geist has built a (giant) robotic version of the classic Roland 808 drum machine using Max for Live, Arduino, and a heap of solenoids. From his website: “I see hacking – in this case music hacking – as a form of anti-passiveness, through which I think the individual can have an impact on [...]
Sonnymoon For Everyone
“These days you have to know everything: you have to be able to play your instrument, you have to know music theory, and you have to know Max” – Dane Orr, Sonnymoon The most overused sentence between my friend Jon and I is, “Listen to this band and consider going to their show with me”. [...]
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 [...]
Mouse On Mars use Max For Live and Jitter for “Parastrophics” tour
I’ve long been a fan of the German electronic group Mouse On Mars, but I’ve lost track of them the past few years. I was excited to see they have released a new album entitled Parastrophics earlier this year. For the live performances to support their new album, they are using Max For Live for [...]
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 [...]
The Development of Jamoma
The Jamoma Project recently released version 0.2 of its modular framework for Max, MSP, and Jitter. Despite the low version number this software is actually quite mature, which years of development and experience forming the basis of the framework. Given that this is a significant release in Jamoma's roadmap, I thought I would talk about both Jamoma and it's development.
15 (or more) of the top 10
The radiophonic portion of my life has an annual ritual associated with it that might surprise no one; a top ten. It's that time again.
Stuck (in my head) on a rainy day….
I'm reading at the moment, since there's not a lot of listening I can do. An ear infection I thought I'd whipped earlier returned in a pretty ferocious manner (it even set my ENT to clucking sympathetically and peering sympathetically), with the result being that my right ear is totally non-working (except for being a completely workable source of pain)...
While I was away (listening)….
So I thought I'd mention what's been the office ambience during this hiatus. As a critic, I'm never certain about how to listen to new work... do you drop it on the iPod and cycle around lake Monona on a crisp fall day? Do you drop it into the N-disk changer (where N < 10) and play it to death for days? Do you sit down with a nice bottle of Mourvedre and listen to the thing intently in a dark room? Beats me. I probably did all three. So your mileage may vary greatly here, okay? In honor of th...