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I am aware that there are many creatives here. I admire them alot. I wish I were one of them. I'm not. Im a tech guy. I make stuff work so the creatives can get on with their creativing. Regardless, whether or not we are creatives unless or last name is Kardashian or Hilton we must deal with limited resources. Insofar as resources are limited IMHO it is a good idea to use them as wisely as possible. IMHO moving a notebook around at a high rate of speed is not a wise use of resources.
I saw this being used in a pretty cool way. It was one of those laptop orchestras. I can't remember which. They were using chuck so maybe Plork but a group of people sat on some comfortable cushions each with a networked laptop on their laps. They gently titled their laptops to modulate various parameters in realtime. The focus I think was that the computer itself could be a musical instrument not just something you connect a musical instrument/interface to. If you add in things like the fingerpinger and the camera I think they might be right. You might not need anything more than bluetooth, your laptop and a willingness to sound a bit rubbish until something comes of it.
um... I think I do? I have some basic music theory, but my original training is in sound engineering. I transitioned to electronics once I figured out that that was where my real strength is. I'm always more interested in coming up with new ways to do things than coming up with new things to do. When I come up with a project my first thought is not "what will I do with it", but "who will use it?".
Reason I use MAX is that it "compiles" in real-time, so prototyping is exponentially faster than anything involving make>compile>debug. That and the visual paradigm/messages/etc/. If C++ were faster to work with I'd be over there.