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
Dillon Bastan is the author of the MC Movement Studies Package. He was kind enough to sit down for a far-reaching chat on his work, his methods, how he got here, and what’s up.
A surprising video started floating around the internal Cycling ’74 Slack channels - a screen, some electronic gear and a bunch of wires, all nestled in some snow-like cotton. Oh, and a crazy sound – along with an invocation that says “Chat to change the sound!” It only took a few moments to see what was going on here: this YouTube video was a live stream featuring a hybrid Max + modular system burbling through a delay, tweaked and driven by the messages typed into the chat stream. It was an cool site, and we had to learn more.
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.