[ANN] FREE - 6th MSP Power Users Symposium - 18th Feb - Huddersfield, UK

    Feb 11 2012 | 2:34 pm
    As part of our annual electronic music festival (see here http://www.electricspring.co.uk/), the The University of Huddersfield will be hosting the 6th MSP Power Users Symposium. This is a free public event with an opportunity to hear about and discuss a range of exciting work in MaxMSP from both creative and "nerdtalk" perspectives.
    Date: Saturday 18th FebruaryTime: 1PM-5.30PMVenue: The Creative Arts Building (ROOM CAM G/01), University of HuddersfieldCost: FREE
    This year we are very pleased to present an international set of invited guest speakers to talk about their work. Below is an outline.
    Hope to see lots of people there
    Alex Harker MSP Symposium Co-ordinator Research Fellow @ The University of Huddersfield
    Timo Rozendal - Making applications for interactive video sampling with MaxMSP - current work at Smadsteck/Eboman
    Timo will discuss the process of creating audiovisual software in MaxMSP, both from the perspective of overall project design, and also particular details of implementation in his recent work.
    Luke Woodbury - Max and Special Needs
    Luke will be talking about the benefits that Max offers in an environment where rapid programming, modular approaches and physical interfacing are key. He will be discussing alternative control interfaces, multi-speaker installations, wireless technologies, iPads, RFID, DMX lighting control, motion tracking and interactive floor projection with a SEN focus. Luke has a background in creative music technology and interactive sonic art and became involved in special needs education almost by accident. He is now researching for a PhD and crusading about the opportunities that Max offers in the Special Education arena whenever he gets the chance.
    Andrea Agostini - bach: automated composer's helper
    bach: automated composer's helper is a freely downloadable, cross-platform set of patches and externals for Max, aimed to bring the richness of computer-aided composition into the real-time world. It provides Max with two new data types: rational numbers and lllls (an acronym for Lisp-like linked lists), the latter being a list capable to contain other lllls in itself, somewhat like a Lisp list. In addition to that, it includes a large collection of tools for operating upon these new types and a number of advanced facilities and graphical interfaces for musical notation, with support for microtonal accidentals of arbitrary resolution, measured and non-measured notation, polymetric notation, MusicXML files and much more. In this talk, an introductory overview of the features of bach, as well as some real-life usage examples, will be presented.
    Martin Parker - MAX in recent and not-so-recent projects
    I am a composer, improviser and soloist with laptop, my sound-centric projects focus on encounters between computers, people and places. Based in Edinburgh, I perform and compose work involving computers, I develop sound installations and sound design projects with a range of theatre companies, symphony orchestras, visual artists and ensembles. At this MAxMSP symposium, I will talk about several recent and not-so-recent projects in which MAX played a fundamental part in both the work's conceptual development and its realisation.

    • Feb 11 2012 | 5:40 pm
      Looking forward to it..
    • Feb 13 2012 | 10:05 am
      it will be soooooooooooo good!
    • Feb 13 2012 | 10:11 am
      Would have loved to be there!
    • Feb 13 2012 | 1:55 pm
      sounds very cool, a bit more notice would have been helpful though guys. have fun!
    • Feb 13 2012 | 2:10 pm
      Apologies - there were some last minute issues that meant finalising the line-up took longer than expected, and hence delayed announcement - we'll aim to avoid as late an announcement in future...
    • Feb 13 2012 | 3:22 pm
      No chance of streaming I guess?
      Failing that could you cut Timo's talk up and turn it into a club banger?
    • Feb 13 2012 | 3:33 pm
      I'll discuss potential options for collating and/or streaming the talks, but it would depend on the participants agreement, so I can't speak for them in advance...
      I'll leave Timo to do his thing on any videos ;-)
    • Feb 14 2012 | 10:05 am
      a bit more notice would have been helpful though guys
      Whilst it is true that headliners we announced this week, we did announce the festival last July...
    • Feb 16 2012 | 10:58 pm
      So we are pleased to announced that we plan to stream and record the event though the kind support of the audio podcast (http://theaudiopodcast.co.uk/).
      The streaming will be done through a google hangout, which unfortunately will only allow up to 10 users so get logged in soon if you want to watch that way. There may also be an opportunity to ask questions remotely....
      The hangout will be here:
      TAP will host links through
      We would like to have more availability , but there are some network issues that we cannot sort out by then. However, we hope to upload almost all of the recordings after the event (there may be some content that we cannot upload.
    • Feb 20 2012 | 10:36 am
      this was a great symposium, thanks for everyone involved (and special thanks to alex).
    • Feb 20 2012 | 4:39 pm
      Well done for doing the the live stream too, though perhaps next time a screen feed could be arranged, as the camera wasn't catching it.
      (Surely a job for the Jitterati among you - design a custom streaming patch that switches between camera feed and desktop according to activity level, a la PodcastProducer ?!)
      Also, being picky, it would have been be nice to be able to turn off the alert sounds every time someone sent a message, but that's a Google Hangouts thing. Perhaps there was a preference setting I missed, but that constant 'bong' noise really started to grate after while.
      I'm all for live streaming of events like this - physically being there on this occasion would have meant leaving the house at around 5.30 a.m., 6 hours on the train with 5 platform changes, so the live stream was a no-brainer.
      I deal with videoconferencing and live streaming in my work, and it amazes me how under used it is; IMHO, it should be the default setting at all such events, that a live stream is available so the rest of the world can join in, Cheers Roger
    • Feb 20 2012 | 4:45 pm
      Thanks Roger - credit for that should go to the audio podcast team ()http://theaudiopodcast.co.uk/).
      Yes - we realised as the day went on that the presentations were not being captured brilliantly and in future we hope to address this. When we upload the talks, we will hopefully be able to get pdf copies of the slides as well, so people can at least see the static material clearly.
    • Feb 21 2012 | 10:58 am
      Thanks for the audio links. Nice one!