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  • An Interview with Elise Baldwin

    Elise Baldwin is an intermedia artist that works with music and projections.


  • An Interview with Chris Coleman

    Artist and educator Chris Coleman is recognized in the Max community for his work on Maxuino, a Max interface to the popular Arduino microcontroller board.


  • LFO Tutorial 7: Rattle and Hmmm

    A simple truth emerges from the practice of writing Max patches like the Max for Live device we've been working on: The trajectory of “finishing” your Max patch is something you approach on an asymptotic curve - you approach being “done,” but never quite reach it.


  • Demystifying Expressions in Jitter

    One of the most feared and respected objects in the Jitter collection, jit.expr arrived on the scene as part of Jitter 1.5.


  • Sound On Sound Reviews Max for Live

    In this review, Nick Rothwell explains Max for Live in terms of what the addition of Max offers to Live users.


  • LFO Tutorial 6: Live if you want it

    Since a lot of people are interested in what the process of porting a Max patch for use in Max for Live looks like, I thought I’d take this tutorial as an opportunity to go over the steps I used to take my waveplayah patch and to convert it to a Max for Live device waveplayah.amxd.

    In my last LFO tutorial, I took the basic LFO module I’ve been working with in the previous tutorials, added some new extensions, and created a nice little patch called the waveplayah that used a summed set of the LFO modules to drive the playback of the contents of a buffer~.


  • Software Release: Max 5.1.3


  • LFO Tutorial 5: LFO Child Slight Return

    A while back, I wrote a series of four tutorials based around the idea of how you could generate and organize variety in Max patches.


  • EM Reviews Max for Live

    In this article, Jim Aikin reviews the new add-on product to Live, developed by Ableton and Cycling '74, with a detailed account of his experience.


  • An Interview with Stretta

    Matthew Davidson aka Stretta is a talented guy. He’s an accomplished graphic artist and video producer/editor but we talked to him about his music. Stretta’s music is lush, modest and dreamy in the tradition of Brian Eno but it definitely has character of its own. Stretta comes from a tradition of modular synthesis that led him to discover Max/MSP.


  • Cycling ’74 at the 2010 NAMM Show

    Cycling '74 and 85,000 of its closest friends will spend the weekend at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.

    We are sharing booth 6314 with Ableton and offering personal demos of our recently-released product Max for Live.


  • A Video Processing Device for Max for Live

    While many people are looking at Max for Live as a great way to integrate their favorite hardware controllers, build really unique effects, and add variety to their productions, I was eager to explore what could be done with video inside of Max for Live.


  • The Edit Button Has Been Pressed

    Even before the Max for Live beta was opened up to the public, a community of testers was hard at work putting Max for Live through its paces.


  • An Interview with Robert Henke

    Robert Henke is a brilliant electronic musician who records and performs under his own name and also as Monolake. His music has been described as minimalist yet complex techno with an architectural sound. For me, his music is very spatial and multi-dimensional.I find it takes me on an extraordinary journey through space and time, similar to a great work of fiction. Henke recently said, "The last century was about the creation of electronic music. This century is about performance."


  • Making Connections: Camera Data

    Coming up with ways to get information about the physical world into Max is one of the most fun aspects of working with the software. Whether it is for video processing, sound creation, or any other type of output, physical interactions provide a space for much more interesting relationships to develop. Unfortunately, many ways to get this information into Max require the user to get comfortable with connecting wires to circuit boards and understanding basic (and sometimes not-so-basic) electronics. For this reason, camera-based interactivity can be pretty enticing. There is also a reasonably low startup cost and plugging a camera in is usually a pretty user-friendly process. In this article, I will share a couple of basic techniques for using affordable webcams to gather data in MaxMSP/Jitter.


  • Pamela Z’s Presentation from Expo ’74

    In her first years of using Max, Pamela Z was able shed the hardware weight by building her own instrument in Max. Take a look inside her Max instrument and her custom controllers during this presentation from Expo '74.


  • The Video Processing System, Part 4

    In this installment of the Video Processing System, we're going to tackle two big hurdles that Jitter users often find themselves coming up against. The first thing we will add is an improved, high performance video player module based around the poly~ object. This will allow us to load a folder full of videos and switch between them quickly and efficiently. The other module we will add is a simple recording module to capture our experiments. Since we are using OpenGL texture processing to manipulate the video, it is a little bit more complicated than just using jit.qt.record, but not by much.


  • Creating a “Sketchpad” for jit.gl.sketch

    Lately, I've been working on some "classic" OpenGL programming within Jitter, and I've been using jit.gl.sketch to do that work; it is very close to the OpenGL syntax that you find in most books, and is fairly forgiving in terms of incoming data type. However, I got very tired of editing message boxes once the programs got a little bigger, but I wanted replaceable parameters like you get with a message box.


  • Max for Live Presentation at Expo ’74

    In this presentation, I spoke directly to people that were already familiar with Max, explained some of the details of working within the Live environment, and provided some tips about how to design an effective Live device. Hopefully this will whet your appetite for working with the Max/Live combo!


  • A Video and Text Interview with Alex Stahl

    Alex Stahl is a veteran collaborator and this has never been more evident than in his collaboration with Composer Paul Dresher for the opera Schick Machine. As Robert Henke pointed out in the recent Max/MSP/Jitter Conference, Expo '74, many of us spend years working on the same Max patch. Alex Stahl has spent years developing the Max/MSP patches that are at the core of Schick Machine. Along the way he's developed skills that landed him a fascinating job at Pixar Studios. Collaboration can be quite useful in this world. Read more...


  • Eowave has introduced another product in their line of sensor to MIDI interfaces called the Eobody2 HF, a wireless sensor to USB MIDI device. Building on the user-friendly and rock solid USB MIDI technology used in other recent Eobody boards, the HF allows you to place interactive sensor electronics on dancers, small objects, or anything else where cables would get in the way. Now that we have some of these in stock at the Cycling '74 office, I sat down to give them a thorough run-through to see how it all works.


  • An Interview with Noriko Matsumoto

    An amazing artist with an amazing range of work, read the interview of Noriko Matsumoto by Greg Taylor.


  • So far we have talked about how Max for Live will allow you to create your own custom Max devices that run inside of Ableton Live. Most of the examples you've seen so far have been pretty similar to your average plugin, with the fundamental difference of being to edit the device in place. That in itself is pretty spectacular, and probably enough to please a lot of people and keep everyone busy. Well now I'd like to talk about a couple of features that really make Max for Live unique and pretty exciting: namely, the Live API objects.


  • A Look Back at NIME 2009

    I will try to summarize here what I thought were some of the highlights of NIME 2009...


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