Splatterbox – On-demand

Level: Intermediate

MaxMSP allows us to go far beyond the stompbox looper. In this workshop, discover how working with simple looping  combinations can add up to a rich and layered soundscape. The beauty then lies in the retrospective operations we can apply to the loops with this patch for a very personal and unique outcome.

Session Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session a successful student will be able to:

  • Build a custom loop station

  • Explore post processing and loop manipulations for unique soundscapes and performances

  • Build loops and samples in real time

Session Study Topics

  • [Groove ~] many attributes to create contrasting loops and to avoid audio pops

  • [Waveform] and [jsui] objects to control and manipulate samples

  • [timer] to control recording durations and targets


  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (i.e. trial or full license)

About the workshop leader 

James Wilkie holds a Bmus in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music and an MMus in Sonic Arts from Goldsmiths. This grounding continues to offer James a strong combination of concept and craft.

Storytelling lives at the heart of James’ work as he works with space and the imagination in sound through the creation of ambient A/V compositions, text, and live performances exploring the impact of technology on the imagination and community.

Mash Machine live-stream with the founders

Discover a new instrument in this live-stream and learn their design story.

Based in Tallinn, Estonia, the Mash Machine team has put together a kit version of the Reactable. While it looks similar to the Barcelona instrument, the software and sound engine is different. Mash Machine is designed as a social instrument, playing and meshing loops as physical objects are drawn onto the board.

Meet the founders in this live-stream and learn more about the technology and design process.

Participate and build your own Mash Machine loops!

Create loops and send them to Mash Machine at hello@mashmachines.com, they will be used during the presentation! Detailed instructions on producing content for Mash Machine – here



Artist workshop with Ned Rush: Live Sample Mangling in Max 8 – On demand

Max is Ned’s go to environment to realise concepts for sound design and performance that are not available in other programs.

In this 2-hour workshop you will learn ways to sample and loop incoming audio from the outside world. You will create a fresh sonic palette from mutating the sound, using a variety of techniques aimed at performance and improvisation, whilst also discussing and solving problems related to improvisation set-ups and how we can meet those needs.

You will explore a variety of ways to interact with sampled sound to find which method suits you best so you can realise your vision with a unique performance sampler.


– Max 8

– Basic knowledge of Max

About the workshop leader

Ned Rush aka Duncan Wilson is a musician, producer and performer. He’s most likely known best for his YouTube channel, which features a rich and vast quantity of videos including tutorials, software development, visual art, sound design, internet comedy, and of course music.