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Max and Node.js: the Age of Javascript

11th June 2020

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 and textual programming connect. We’ll also look at some specific Javascript coding techniques and connect them to the 3D world of Max’s Jitter and OpenGL systems. From there we will start to explore ways to attach Max to web servers, allowing Max’s data to flow into and out of dynamic web pages.

Topics:

  • Max
  • Javascript
  • Web technologies
  • Jitter and 3D Graphics

Requirements:

A good working knowledge of Max is expected, as well as an awareness of how Jitter works. Some familiarity with textual programming languages and/or web technologies would be useful, but not required.

About the workshop leader:

Dr Nick Rothwell (aka Cassiel) is a composer, performer, software architect, coder and visual artist. He has built media performance systems for projects with Ballett Frankfurt and Vienna Volksoper, composed sound scores for Aydın Teker (Istanbul) and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, live coded in Mexico and in Berlin with sitar player Shama Rahman, written software for Studio Wayne McGregor and the Pina Bausch Foundation, and developed algorithmic visuals for large-scale outdoor installations in Poland, Estonia, Cambridge Music Festival and Lumiere (London / Durham). He also teaches at Ravensbourne University London and writes for Sound On Sound magazine.

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