Sometimes, a really amazing book will go out of print and increase in cost to ridiculous prices on the secondhand market owing to scarcity and demand. All one can do is to watch the prices rise and continue to regret that point at which you passed on the chance to pick up a copy. But sometimes, Fortune smiles. One of those books for me is back in print at popular prices - the single most essential go-to listing/discography of records created by visual artists.
Cycling '74 and author Gregory Taylor published a book that takes the creation of step sequencers using Max as its subject: Step by Step: Adventures in Sequencing with Max/MSP. We invited our friend Brad Garton for a spoiler-free chat with newsletter wrangler Gregory Taylor about the new book - where it came from, what it’s for, and more.
All of us who check the Forum with any regularity run into “help request” postings that assume a variety of forms, from a student reaching to extend their project to the hopeful new user with a really big idea and no idea of how to start (and nearly everything in between). I expect that everyone can identify with both of them, upon a moment’s reflection. The arrival of the new search features in Max 8 will really change the game for new users - and more seasoned Max programmers, as well.
While I'm sure that many of you have already downloaded the Vsynth collection of modules for Jitter via the Max Package Manager (if not, I highly recommend it), I'll wager that many of you - like me - have wondered about the person who made it. Kevin Kripper, the creator of the Vsynth package, was kind enough to sit down for a brief chat about himself and his work.
Cycling ‘74 invites you to join us at Expo ‘74 2019. It will take place April 26-28 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA.
Beyond things like the Stradivarius or the Les Paul, there are iconic electronic sounds, too - and perhaps no sound quite so iconic as the Mellotron. Here's a rundown of the instrument in its current forms, along with resources for the stage, studio, or bedroom-based Max user.
Check out a Hackathon dedicated to design and coding for the ROLI Blocks: October 20-21, 2018!
Sometimes, an interview occurs at a near-perfect time and place, and the conversation doesn’t just stop at pieces and tools - it moves on to wider vistas and other questions that inform the narrower set of questions we usually ask and answer. Jessica Rodriguez was, I think, in one of those places, and I think you’ll enjoy her take on identity, choices of tools and self-identification, and the kinds of reflection we engage in at points of transition.
On behalf of our co-workers at Cycling ’74, we’re pleased to announce the release of Max 8, our first major upgrade to the software in four years.
I've added a new gathering to my list of sprawling, aurally/visually assaultive, and thoroughly addictive annual treasure hunts alongside Superbooth, NAMM, and the Musikmesse- KnobCon. Although I knew about the buzz about the show and its particular vibe, I’d never had the chance to attend. This year, the stars aligned, it was a short drive from my geolocality, and the ticket price was wonderfully right. So off I went. Here's some of I saw and heard....