Max Meetup / Exploring Sonification

Membership plan: Free | Topics: Sound Design

Course overview

Watch back this meetup that dives into the world of sonification with Max. In this meetup, musicians and artists will showcase their works dealing with sonification, explaining how they use Max for turning data into sound and art. You have the opportunity to learn about new and innovative ways of creating music and sound art through the use of sonification. Don't miss out on this chance to dive into the sounds of data!

Speakers & presentations

  • James Wilkie - ACT III The Prototype

The MaxMSP patch is part of a larger multi-sensory installation developed and exhibited at @lakeatenclave. A new adaptation of Eugenie Shinkle and Callum Beaney’s collaborative work - The Prototype – a project that explores photographic abstraction alongside the affinities between sound and vision. Originally exhibited in London in June 2021, The Prototype was subsequently made into a book designed and published by London-based imprint @folium_publishing and released in September 2022. The patch takes the concept of noise as a point of inspiration from which to structure, systematise, and to spatialise the materials uncovered through the transformation of the book's spreads into sound. Using the publication by @folium_publishing as source, @lakeatenclave carefully extracted sonic artefacts from the spectral realm.
Bio: James Wilkie (b.1984) is a sound artist and composer who explores the connections between persons, spaces, and the imagination using sound through directed listening, A/V compositions + installation work, text, and live performances. He has worked with Sensory Experiences and Bentley Motors, and has worked in film via Remote Control. James Currently teaches at UCL Bartlett Designing for Performance and Interaction MArch as he continues to work in music and research.

  • Joost Van Kerkhove - Sonifying Birdsong

The bach, cage & dada libraries extend Max & MSP with various modules that seek to bridge symbolic and concrete representations of music and sound. They offer new ways to interact with complex structures. In this example I’m using a fragment of bird sound to experiment with different ways to sonify and develop its inner structures.
Bio: Joost Van Kerkhoven is composer, improvisator and pianist. He combines freelance composing with teaching improvisation, piano and composition. He is professor for improvisation & music theory at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (BE). He studied piano, music theory and cultural sciences at universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Hannover and later acousmatic composition privately with Annette Vande Gorne.

  • Ankit Malik - Static Variable

Static Variable - An Electromagnetic Nexus was developed during my time at @berkleevalenciacampus. The audio focuses on changing electromagnetic fields detected, amplified and recorded with bespoke devices. The visuals are my interpretation of those sounds made with Max/Jitter.
Bio: Ankit Malik's interdisciplinary work features algorithmic composition, audioreactive visuals, brain-controlled interfaces, immersive audio, and transmission art. Ankit has delivered several audiovisual performances in the United Kingdom, Europe, and India, utilising bespoke digital systems interfaced with hardware synthesisers. Ankit has also co-founded Bonafide Seven, an artist-led collective and media production house which focuses on uplifting fellow artists and creators. Artists supported by Bonafide Seven have been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone India, The Wild City, and Rock Street Journal.

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Berlin Code of Conduct

We ask all participants to read and follow the Berlin Code of Conduct and contribute to creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

Course schedule

Meet your instructor

Umut Eldem is a composer, pianist, and researcher. His musical works and research focus on the exploration of synaesthesia as an artistic medium. He has given lectures on his research of synaesthesia, and had his audiovisual works and installations combining sound and colours presented in Belgium, Turkey, Romania, Russia, and Luxembourg. Umut Eldem is currently a PhD researcher at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, and musical director of the theatre collective Mixed & United. He gives lessons and workshops on music history, musical analysis, and audiovisual design. He is also the keyboardist of the bands Starblind = Earthbound and Transport Aerian. His current PhD research entitled ‘The Hearing Glass: Synaesthetic Correspondences in The Musical Practice’ intends to take the results of his previous research and develop them into an inter-sensory theory of audiovisual art.

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