Creating Digital Instruments in Max/MSP Workshop

Overview

In general, classical musical instruments have complex designs that can be intimidating to approach, require certain physicality to use, and take years of practice to understand. In this workshop, you'll create a musical instrument that anyone can play through a few simple button presses.

This workshop will introduce Max, cover the basics of the software, then focus on creating experimental sounds by manipulating audio recordings. Learn about different musical interfaces, then build a digital instrument of your own design for limitless sound creation.

This workshop is part of Algorithmic Art Assembly, a festival featuring talks and live music focused on algorithmic tools and processes.
* This workshop ticket must be purchased separately and is not included in the festival passes.

Workshop Logistics

Date & Time:
Friday, March 27, 2020
Install & Set-Up (Optional): 1:00 – 2:00pm
Workshop: 2:00 – 4:00pm

Cost: $80

Experience Level: Beginner. Previous experience working with music and sound creation tools is helpful but not necessary.

Requirements:
Bring a PC/Mac or Linux laptop and headphones.
Install software prior to arriving to workshop.
Download here.

Workshop Outline

We’ll move from basic technique to hands on applications in your own creative musical context.

• Introduction to Max/MSP software
• Creating experimental sounds by manipulating audio recordings
• Look at processing techniques including delay, feedback and filtering
• Building your own simple, custom interface

About Technologies

Max, also known as Max/MSP/Jitter, is a visual programming language for music and multimedia developed and maintained by San Francisco-based software company Cycling '74. Over its more than thirty-year history, it has been used by composers, performers, software designers, researchers, and artists to create recordings, performances, and installations

Instructor

Cassie Tarakajian

Cassie Tarakajian (they/she) is a technologist and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Their work focuses on creative tools, working as an engineer at Cycling ’74 and as the lead developer and maintainer on the open source p5.js Web Editor. They also teach creative coding workshops and classes, and serve as an adjunct professor at NYU ITP. Past artistic projects range from generating sonnets from Wikipedia contributions to teaching computers how to love as a member of the band Lullabies for AI. Cassie will be running a Creating Digital Instruments in Max/MSP workshop on Friday March 27th.

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