London-based artist Phil Maguire works his composed and improvised alchemy with simple materials - various pieces of obsolete/damaged hardware, sine tones, everyday found sounds, and amplified noise - with Max being one of his main tools.
Some people are surprised that a Maxcentric person like me loves softsynths. While I’m strongly biased toward rolling my own, there’s a lot to be said for integrating things that are great to work with and sound magnificent which leaves Max to do what it does best (generating and organizing variety, for me). Here’s a case in point: u-he’s component-level modeled Repro-1.
This week, Cycling '74 suggests alternatives to thinking in straight lines and checks out a great introduction to the idea of creative code.
The distinctions between coders and creative designers often land them separate departments in some schools. John Maeda and his students in the MIT Media lab have worked patiently to help removed those barriers for many years, with great success. This book is a great introduction to their work, and an opportunity to think again about the creative uses of code.
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This week, Cycling '74 checks out a program that gets school kids into electroacoustic composition and further investigates the subtleties of phase in FFT processing.
Lauren Hayes presented an amazing paper about a project where she went into elementary schools in Scotland to try creating little communities of young electroacoustic composers. I was blown away by her report, and Lauren agreed to sit down after the dust of her academic year cleared to talk a little bit.
This week, Cycling '74 takes a critical look at the Vive VR headset and visits an astounding Max-driven sound garden in Guise, France.
The Familistère de Guise, (The Social Palace at Guise) in northern France started off as a fascinating utopian communal locale for work, play and culture. In its current and restored state, it’s now also home to a state-of-the-art, MSP-driven sound garden. Get a walkthrough of the design of the sound court, its software, and the works created there.
Virtual Reality is nothing new - the access, ease of use, and range of tools for creating content are. I’d like to give you a tour of the HTC Vive HR headset and talk a little about Graham Wakefield’s recent Package Manager release, which allows you to use this headset (along with the Oculus Rift) within Max.