Should I start my electronic music journey with MAX/MSP?


    raghunathan shetty
    May 21 2020 | 7:57 am
    I'm a big fan of Autechre, whose uses this software to make their complex music. I have very limited experience with DAW's, (I'm a guitarist primarily) but I have always wanted to learn electronic music production. Would you recommend me starting with this software, or do you think it might be better for me to go a more "traditional" route?
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      Iain Duncan
      May 21 2020 | 9:08 pm
      Hi Raghunathan, if you're into that kind of thing (as am I!), then Max + Ableton Live with Max-for-Live is an excellent way to go. I personally use Max for programming, Ableton for holding instruments and playing stuff, and Reaper for final mixing or more traditional recording. You will find a ton of great resources for what you are looking for in the Max and Max for Live communities. I would highly recommend you get the following books though to get you off to a good start: Interactive Composition: Strategies Using Ableton Live and Max for Live - by V.J Manzo Electronic Music and Sound Design - Theory and Practice with Max 8 - Volume 1 - Cipriani and Giri Step by Step: Adventures in Sequencing with Max/MSP - Gregory Taylor Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio - Mike Senior (excellent primer on DAW stuff in general)
      HTH! iain
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      Iain Duncan
      May 21 2020 | 9:09 pm
      I saw Autechre live in Vancouver maybe 15 years ago at the old Sonar club, fantastic show. :-)
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      Gregory Taylor
      May 22 2020 | 4:24 am
      Here's what was up on their last tour:
      They make occasional appearances on If the stuff I heard in the last week or so isn't a Max patch, I'll eat my hat... definitely Jitter doing the graphics.