The urge (or temptation) to use someone else's big data as creative grist for our mills isn't always accompanied by contemplation of the discourse we're cozying up to, although perhaps it should - we are, after all, surrounded by debates on the rise of the surveillance society whose websites feed us the materials we transcode and freely access, albeit for other purposes than those who collect it may have in mind. As artists, I think there's an interesting space for how we might assist in forming and enabling that larger conversation <insert panopticon references here, if you feel so inclined>.
This week, Cycling '74 takes some pics, highlights some great tools, and saves you a little cash.
World events – particularly those that involve violence or danger – have a way of making the world suddenly smaller in an unusual way - great city populations may suddenly collapse to your N closest acquaintances living there (or nearby), and then expand from there after the initial wave of worry passes.
This week, Cycling '74 spends a few more minutes with BEAP, talks about our presence at Loop, and plays with some physics.
The truth is that I’m still recovering from Ableton’s recent inaugural event, Loop - A Summit for Music Makers, but I thought I should get to writing about it while it’s all fresh in my mind.
This week, Cycling '74 tours the Max 7 documentation, reviews a newly formatted book, and plays with granular synthesis.
I have a confession to make: I am a granular synth addict! I still remember the first time I heard Fennesz’s Endless Summer and wanted to know how that incredible sound was made.
Thanks to the tireless and polite work of Eric Raymond, software users everywhere know what to do before they ask questions about the software they’re using, and they also know how to ask questions in ways that will give the best answers (and yeah – it’s the same Eric Raymond who’s earned our respect with books like this, thanks for asking). Max 7 will help you to ask better questions more quickly by making it a lot easier to search all of your objects, tutorials, snippets, examples, and guides (Guides? What are those? More on this in a minute) from the patcher window.
This week, Cycling '74 hooks a guitar up to Max, points you to user-created tutorials, and finds its place on Reddit.
Introduction A lot of the time, people tend think of Max as a program for laptop musicians, keyboard-focused composers and interactive video artists.
This week, Cycling '74 brings you the next BEAP video, points you to valuable CNMAT tools, and gets an artist update.
Sometimes the "content you need" is a tackle box full of lures for specific situations – computer vision and great toolboxes for physical modeling Max externals, for example. This time, I want to remind you about something you might already have: the CNMAT tools. Most of the time, Max users who’ve visited the CNMAT website at UC-Berkeley are looking for the Max OSC (Open Sound Control) objects because they want to move data between sensors and actuators or talk to their or Apple or Android mobile devices. Or sometimes people have wandered over looking for a copy of Tristan Jehan’s analyzer~ object [think of it as the fiddle~ object with racing stripes, spinners, and an LED-illuminated undercarriage]. What? You don't have 'em yet? No worries - click here and click on the CNMAT Max/MSP Externals for Mac link.
This week, Cycling '74 features a dataset find, talks about pattr, and shares a lesson in music history.
Recently, Gregory and I were talking about a couple of different projects we were working on.
This week, Cycling '74 shows you how to crash safely, shares a reading experience, and features a sonification project.
If you're interested in electronic music, this is a great time to be alive and listening.
I'm very excited to announce I'll be representing Cycling '74 in Berlin at Ableton’s Loop event, A Summit for Music Makers.
This week, Cycling '74 tests the Winbook, recreates a stutter patch, and highlights a unique device.
Over the next couple of months, we’re going to be looking at hardware as a part of the Max environment.
The arrival of Hail to the Thief, Radiohead's followup release to Kid A contained a nice surprise for us here at Cycling '74: we were mentioned in the "thanks to" section of the album notes. Suddenly, we had a whole bunch of new people who'd never heard of MSP googling us, what with stage shots of the mysterious MSP stuff in action and gear-o-centric web articles with MSP patches on those laptop screens and everything.
This week, Cycling '74 offers a MIDI hint, inspires with a Vizzie video, talks to one of its own.