That's great news. Perhaps you could start a trend!
Which leads me to wonder - there are people in this community who are expert in very specific areas relating to maxetc. Maybe there's a small market for this kind of thing - something more in depth than the tutorials that cycling already kindly provides.
I agree, I can't tell you how many times there has been a Max seminar that I would have loved to attend. But due to work obligations, I was not able to. If these lectures were recorded they could be made available to the public at a reasonable price. Thus making residual profit for the lecturer. These video lectures could be accessed through some Max learning portal. It would also give pro Max users, who may not want to deal with putting together a huge amount of intro curriculum, a place to share some particularly deep Max vertical.
90% chance we set up a date for an online class tomorrow. Demand, we shall supply!
Anthony, I agree. Unfortunately due to how rare it is to come across a musician maxer -although this is changing- It's tough to imagine a viable class without the introductory material. I think these online classes are an attempt at changing that.
First of all, the physical class went really well and of course have me some ideas for improvement. We worked very hard for five hours on some super technical stuff and then all of the sudden POW our patches started emitting rock music. Very satisfying. :-)
The official word is that we are officially doing an online version of the course but there's no official date yet. Harvestworks is using a system with online videos, forums and a few other bells and whistles so students can go at their own pace but they won't be alone. My guess is late winter/early spring.
Thank you for your interest. This thread was key in making the online version a reality. I'll bump this thread and probably make a new one when we have a date.
This is all unofficial and subject to change without notice.
As it stands, there are ten main tutorial patches which the videos go over. Those patches incorporate markov chain abstractions which are also explained in the videos. The course is meant to explain to people how Markov chains work, how they work in music generation, and inspire students to be creative both in their use in a larger context and also how to hack them from the inside out. In addition, you'll walk away having built your own algorithmic music generator patch using Markov Chains.
btw, my biggest problem with "chains" and "nets" always was the database part.
programming a markov chain ist a relatively simple game, but storing the data is not.
in OS9, where i dont have SQL, i have to use [coll], which is limited to 999x253 entries.
in OSX i have to use SQL or java – and both are slow, make you dependent on third-party stuff, and have to be learned first.