Getting started with Javascript for Max

Membership plan: Going Deeper | Topics: Creative Coding

Course overview

This workshop is an introduction in using JavaScript in Max/MSP. JavaScript is a text-based programming language that can be used to create and manipulate all kinds of data relating to creative coding. Through using the unique aspects of JavaScript in Max, it is possible to create algorithms and generate artworks in ways that would not be possible with Max alone. By implementing JavaScript in Max/MSP, you can expand the possibilities of creative audiovisual programming and interactive multimedia experiences. The goal of this workshop is to create a solid grasp of JavaScript fundamentals and experiment with its practical application within Max/MSP. By the end, you'll have gained not only a foundational understanding of JavaScript but also the confidence to incorporate it effectively into your Max/MSP projects.

What you'll learn

  • Learn the basics of the JavaScript language
  • Explore different ways of implementing JS code in Max
  • Make algorithms to create and explore generative art

Who is this course for?

  • Max/MSP users looking to get started with text-based programming languages
  • Creative coders and musicians who want to learn extend their Max/MSP practice

Course content

  • Max patches download
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. What is Javascript?
  • 3. Few things to note
  • 4. Data Structures
  • 5. What can we use JavaScript for?
  • 6. JavaScript Objects
  • 7. Start typing code
  • 8. Inlets and outlets
  • 9. Functions
  • 10. First Exercise
  • 11. Second exercise
  • 12. Strings
  • 13. Challenges
  • 14. Utility function
  • 15. Last example
  • 16. Process music
  • 17. What else is needed?
  • 18. New funtion
  • 19. Rescources
  • 20. Closing remarks


  • A working PC, Laptop, iMac or MacBook
  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

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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