In addition to those annual gatherings of scholar/practitioners who get together to discuss and encounter the work of their peers, there are those interesting word-of-mouth events. You know the type: You might have seen the mention of it at the edge of the little circle of light you work in, and then – after it’s over – you start hearing from friends or acquaintances that you missed something amazing, and that thing is suddenly no longer at the edge of your little circle of light.
Vienna-based composer, guitarist, and Christian Fennesz needs no introduction for Max enthusiasts who’ve loved his work from before the turn of the century - from his visionary solo recordings to his collaborations with artists as diverse as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Keith Rowe, King Midas Sound, David Sylvian, and Jim O’Rourke. Although he’s in the midst of the recording/production cycle for a new recording, Christian was kind enough to sit down for a brief chat, and he shared a cut from Agora, his upcoming project.
The Max world is full of users who use the udpsend and udpreceive pair of Max objects to transfer Max messages to other machines or devices on a network for sharing, syncing or working on projects larger than a single machine. The new Max Zero package now makes things even easier by providing a trio of new Max externals that support Zero Configuration Networking (also known as Bonjour or ZeroConf).
Max programmers are used to having examples to build upon to create new work. The Node for Max (N4M) feature is using Github repositories to share the work - and make it more inclusive for customer to share their work. In this article, we dig into the details of the N4M Github repositories, what you'll find there, and how you can contribute.
The Znibbles website is a great locale for intermediate-to-advanced tutorials for the interested Max and Node for Max developer. In this article, Darwin chats with its creator - Julian Rubisch - to find out about its origins and where it is going.
I ran into something amazing while I was down in Mexico City recently working on a project with my friends at Pac Interactive. They took me to a gallery opening/presentation that featured a band of Cumbia-playing robots. This plucky little robot band was the work of José de la O and his students at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, and of course I just had to know a little more about the project. José was kind enough to take some time to talk to me about the work.
I’ve been thinking a lot about step sequencers recently, and about different approaches to the idea. I’d like to introduce you to one of those sequencers in its hardware and software incarnations - Scott Stites' Klee sequencer.
Here’s a little Max-centric change ringing to ring in your New Year