Generative Sonification with Max

Learn to use generative techniques to produce sonification compositions in Max.

Course Instructor: James Wilkie

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This workshop aims to provide you with suitable skills to incorporate sonification techniques as generative composition tools within the Max environment.

What you'll learn

  • Map Data (.csv files/spreadsheets) to spatialised and musical events
  • Harmonic and melodic theory considerations using data
  • Harvesting outcomes for further processing
  • DAW routing


  • A computer and internet connection
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

Course content

  • ---- Course roadmap
  • ---- Sonification data sheet (excel file)
  • ---- Sonification patch
  • ---- Introduction
  • ---- Lesson 1: Creating Data Input
  • ---- Lesson 2: Parsing the Data [coll] + [unjoin]
  • ---- Lesson 3: Query the data [Matrixctrl] + [router]
  • ---- Lesson 4: Scaling the data
  • ---- Outro

Who is this course for

  • For students who want to expand on the fundmentals on working within Max
  • Students who want to produce sonification compositions in Max

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