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Max and Node.js: the Age of Javascript

Difficulty level: intermediate. Javascript is the glue of the Internet, the universal language that runs in billions of web browsers and networked systems across the world. Max’s Node support connects the Max program into the ecosystem of Node.js, a Javascript engine which can network, talk to hardware, connect to databases, run sophisticated web servers, and much more. In the workshop we’ll look at the link between Max and Node, and how the different worlds of graphical... Read More


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Atau Tanaka: Making music with muscle sensors

Prof Atau Tanaka is a well known figure in the New Interface for Musical Expression network, an international conference he helped get started in the early 2000s. Atau is both an academic (head of the Embodied AudioVisual Interaction group at Goldsmiths, university of London) and an artist who performs internationally. His artistic practice with muscle sensors spans over 3 decades and hundreds of performances. On the 11th of June, Atau will give insights into his approach, and... Read More


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Building Joué instruments: meet founder Pascal Joguet

If you’ve been making music for more than 15 years, you might remember the first touch screen controller destined for music application, Jazz Mutant’s Lemur. Originally launched in 2005, the Lemur was a highly customisable multi-touch screen controller, designed to create your own control user interface. The Lemur offered high definition of control by sending data over OSC, an audacious move that no major MIDI controller manufacturers ever dared to make. I won’t... Read More


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Workshop with Ruben Dax: Live Looping with Ableton Live

Book a ticket here Ableton Live provides a great software environment for live looping – empowering a solo performer to bring an entire song to life in front of an audience in an engaging and relatable way. Outside of performing, live looping can also be used as a composition tool allowing you to create new music in a faster way with less distractions. Live looping using software, such as Ableton Live, affords you greater flexibility in your workflow, performance style,... Read More


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Tim Exile: creating Endlesss

Tim Exile has worked with live looping and sampling as an artist for a decade before building his own plug-ins, released by Native Instruments. His unique methods and concepts developed for live performance inspired him to build a music making flow, Endlesss, that would allow musicians to create music collaboratively. Tim and the Endless team are preparing a special announcement on 2nd June. Our session takes place two days after, where Tim will share his journey from musician... Read More


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Georgina Brett: live looping vocals

In this online session Georgina will talk about the conception and actualisation of each piece she performs, the various methods of composition she uses. With a very simple set up she creates complex rolling matrices of vocalisations and lyrics. Georgina Brett’s music is created using her voice and effects pedals, creating instant choirs of sound, often in an hypnotic style. The point of this music is not only to captivate with extraordinary timing and melodic style but... Read More


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Working with samples in Max and Max for Live, with Darwin Grosse

In this 2-hour workshop, Darwin Grosse (Cycling ’74) will use Max/MSP to combine audio clip playback with VST effects and Max for Live devices to create a range of soundscapes from glitchy beats to warped ambiences. The focus will be to create a personal performance system that can be tailored to your interests and style. Topics covered will be audio playback, effects processing, user-interaction development and MIDI mapping. A basic familiarity with Max will help ensure... Read More


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Virtual drumming workshop with Shay Dyer-Harris

Virtual drumming workshop with Shay! Shayanna from Kinetika Bloco will lead a drumming workshop using household objects! The Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a “unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge” (BBC Radio2) During lockdown Shay has adapted her workshops to use household objects rather than tradition steel drums. This... Read More


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David Zicarelli: Fun with Complexity using MC in Max

Making and controlling complex sounds on a computer where hundreds of events are happening simultaneously can be hard work. Aren’t computers supposed to make doing complex things easier? Max has a new feature called MC that can make it fun and easy to work with large numbers of simultaneous events and audio channels. You don’t need a multichannel audio system to play with MC. All the examples shown work in mono or stereo. What is MC? MC stands for Multi-Channel and... Read More


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Amy Dickens: Inclusive Design for Digital Musical Instruments

The 21st May 2020 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To celebrate this, we are exploring in our live-stream today the design practices to help make musical instruments (hardware and software) more accessible. To find out more about GAAD, please check their website. Should we make instruments easier to play? This is a question that might divide professional musicians, who have acquired their skills through hardship. But for everyone else, there is little doubt that the fun... Read More