Getting confident with Max – September series

Dates & Times: Tuesdays 21st & 28th September + 5th & 12th October – 6pm GMT / 7pm CET / 10am PST / 1pm EST

Level: Beginner

Cycling 74’s Max / MSP offers a vast playground of programming opportunities to create your own sound design and multimedia applications. In this workshop you will build a patch using items from the Max tool bar such as Beap and Vizzie as well using media from your own collection, plus explore ways to open up, reverse engineer and modify existing resources within the Max application.

Series Learning Outcomes

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

  • Confidently navigate the Max environment to quickly gain access to content and learning resources.
  • Deploy resources into a patch.
  • Connect and explore these resources to develop ideas for sound and media design, composition and performance.
  • Navigate the help file system and reverse engineer existing content in the Max application.

Session Study Topics

  • The Tools available in a Max such as Beap and Vizzie modules.
  • Playlists and drag and drop media.
  • Bpatches, prototypes and snippets.
  • The helpfile system.

Requirements

  • 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  

Duncan Wilson (aka Ned Rush) is a musician, producer and content creator based in the UK. Whilst perhaps largely known for his Youtube channel, he has also released music independently as well developing content for Isotonik Studios.

https://linktr.ee/nedrush

Getting started with Max – August Series

Dates & Times: Starting Friday 6th August 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC

Level: Beginners curious about programming

Get started with interactive audio and MIDI, and discover the possibilities of the Max environment. In this series of workshops, you will learn how to manipulate audio, MIDI, virtual instruments and program your own interactive canvas.

Connect together Max’s building blocks to create unexpected results, and use them in your music productions. Through a series of guided exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options.

Learn from guided examples and live interactions with teachers and other participants.

This series of online workshops aims to enable you to work with Max confidently on your own.

Sessions overview 

Session 1 – Understand the Max environment (Friday 6th August at 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC)

Session 2 – Connect building blocks together and work with data (Friday 13th August at 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC)

Session 3 – Master the user interface (Friday 20th August at 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC)

Session 4 – Work with your MIDI instruments (Friday 27th August at 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC)

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A good working knowledge of computer systems

  • Access to a copy of Max 8

  • A Zoom account

About the workshop leader 

Melody Loveless is an artist, creative technologist, and educator based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her work ranges from live coding performance, generative sound installations, multisensory performance, and more. She has taught at various institutes across NYC including NYU, the New School, Hunter College, and Harvestworks and is part of Cycling 74’s Max Certified Trainer Program.

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

Requirements

  • 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.

Getting Confident With Gen~ / LIVE Session – Workshop series

Workshop series 

Dates & Times: Mondays: 12th / 19th / 26th July and 2nd August 2021 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC

Level: Previous experience with Gen~ is required i.e. completion of Getting Started With Gen~ workshop series

Example of topic that students are expected to be knowledgeable with before workshop:

  • The Gen~ environment

  • Basic audio processing in Gen~

  • Gen~ operators and data management

Example of topic that students are expected to be knowledgeable with after workshop:

  • Multi Tap Delay operator with cubic interpolation

  • Biquad and filter coefficients

  • Basic reverb structures

  • Basic CodeBox

Develop a myriad of highly efficient signal processing operations in Max using Gen~. In this series of 4 workshops, you will apply signal processing techniques to build and code a variety of patches with Gen~ in Max. The course contains 20 plus custom-made example patches along with audio samples that you will build as exercises during the course and be able to use in your own projects.

Series Learning Outcomes

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

  • Become confident with the Gen~ environment

  • Build various audio processing tools via Gen~ (i.e. flanger, chorus, ping pong delays, multi tap delays, distortion)

  • Construct Gen~ filter, equalization and reverb tools

  • Become familiar with the Gen~ CodeBox environment

Series Study Topics

  • The Gen~ environment

  • Audio processing in Gen~

  • Gen~ filter, equalization and reverb tools

  • Gen~ CodeBox

Requirements

  • 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 

Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator.

He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function. He has released the Max for Live device synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.

Getting Started with Max – June Series

Dates & Times: Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd of June 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC – 2 hours live sessions

Level: Beginners curious about programming

Get started with interactive audio and MIDI, and discover the possibilities of the Max environment. In this series of recorded videos, you will learn how to manipulate audio, MIDI, virtual instruments and program your own interactive canvas.

Connect together Max’s building blocks to create unexpected results, and use them in your music productions. Through a series of exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options.

Learn from guided examples.

This on demand content aims to enable you to work with Max confidently on your own.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Understand the Max environment

  • Connect building blocks together and work with data

  • Master the user interface

  • Work with your MIDI instruments

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A good working knowledge of computer systems

  • A Zoom account

  • Access to a copy of Max 8

Max and Machine Learning with RunwayML – On-demand

Level: Intermediate

RunwayML is a platform that offers AI tools to artists without any coding experience. Max/MSP is a visual programming environment used in media art that can be used to control RunwayML in a more efficient way. At the end of the workshop you will be able to train trendy machine learning models and generate videos by walking a latent space through Max and NodeJS.

Session Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the RunwayML workflow

  • Use Node4Max to control RunwayML and generate a video.

  • Explore ML trendy models

  • Create a Dataset

  • Train a ML model

  • Process videos with the VIZZIE library.

Session 1

– Introduction to the course

– What’s machine learning, deep learning and neural networks?

– What’s RunwayML?

– What’s Max/MSP/Jitter and NodeJS?
– Dataset and models training with RunwayML

Session 2

– What’s a GAN and styleGAN?

– Latent space walk

– Image and video generation with RunwayML, Max and Node4Max (part 1)

Session 3

– Image and video generation with RunwayML, Max and Node4Max (part 2)

Session 4

– processing Images and videos with VIZZIE2 and Jitter.

Session Study Topics

  • Generate images and video through AI

  • Request data to models and save images on your local drive

  • Generate video from images

  • Communication protocols (web sockets and https requests)

  • AI models used in visual art.

  • Video processing

  • Models training

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Max 8 (either trial or licence)

  • A code editor such as Visual Studio Code, Sublime or Atom
  • Attendees need to create a RunwayML account –  https://app.runwayml.com/signup.
    • Upon setting up an account you will receive 10$ credit for free
    • Approx. 50$ credits will be required to complete the course however these do not need to purchased in advance
    • 20% RunwayML discount code will be provided to participant who sign up to the course 

About the workshop leader 

Marco Accardi is a trained musician, multimedia artist, developer and teacher based in Berlin.

He is the co-founder of Anecoica, a collective that organises events combining art, science and new technologies.

Getting Started with Gen – On-demand

Level: Intermediate / Previous experience with MSP is required.

Build highly efficient signal processing operations in Max using Gen~. In this series of 4 workshops, you will learn the fundamentals of signal processing and develop skills to confidently code with Gen~ in Max. The course contains 24 custom-made example patches along with audio samples that you will build as exercises during the course and be able to use in your own projects.

Series Learning Outcomes

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

  • Become familiar with the Gen~ environment

  • Build various audio processing tools via Gen~ (i.e. delay FX, AM and FM tools)

  • Construct basic Gen~ sampling and synthesis  tools

  • Apply a myriad of Gen~ operators

Series Study Topics

  • The Gen~ environment

  • Audio processing in Gen~

  • Gen~ sampling and synthesis tools

  • Gen~ operators and data management

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

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

About the workshop leader

Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. 

He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function. He has released the Max for Live device synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.

Granular Synthesis: Getting Started with Grainflow – On-demand

Level: Advanced

Grainflow is a package for Max / MSP that utilizes gen~ and the MC wrapper to allow users to control large numbers of sample accurate grains. This workshop will teach participants about how to use and control large numbers of grains using the Grainflow package and Max’s multichannel wrapper.

By the end of the session students should be able to: 

  • Develop an understanding of granulation and granular synthesis

  • Use Grainflow to build a granular file player

  • Use Grainflow for live granulation.

  • Build a granular time-stretching tool

  • Use the MC output of Grainflow to bus grains stochastically to different effects

Study Topics 

  • Introduction to Grainflow~ – parameters and controls

  • Building a sound-file granulator using grainflow~

  • Building a live granulator using grainflow~.

  • Build a real-time time stretcher

  • Build a system for statistically bussing grains into several effects.

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • Access to a copy of Max 8

  • The Grainflow Package

About the workshop leader 

Christopher Poovey is a Dallas based electroacoustic composer, media artist, and developer.

He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas with a research focus in interactive computer music and immersive installation. Chris has developed several software packages for Max as well as a number of Max for Live devices and VST instruments built using

Getting started with Max: May Series

Date & Time: 

Session 1: Wednesday 5th May 7pm Indian Standard Time / 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm Berlin

Session 2: Wednesday 12th May 7pm Indian Standard Time / 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm Berlin

Session 3: Wednesday 19th 7pm Indian Standard Time / 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm Berlin

Session 4: Wednesday 26th May 7pm Indian Standard Time / 2.30pm UK / 3.30pm Berlin

Level: Beginners curious about programming

Get started with interactive audio and MIDI, and discover the possibilities of the Max environment. In this series of workshops, you will learn how to manipulate audio, MIDI, virtual instruments and program your own interactive canvas.

Connect together Max’s building blocks to create unexpected results, and use them in your music productions. Through a series of guided exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options.

Learn from guided examples and live interactions with teachers and other participants.

This series of online workshops aims to enable you to work with Max confidently on your own.

Sessions overview 

Session 1 – Understand the Max environment

Session 2 – Connect building blocks together and work with data

Session 3 – Master the user interface

Session 4 – Work with your MIDI instruments

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A good working knowledge of computer systems

  • Access to a copy of Max 8

About the workshop leader 

Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands.

He specialises in sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio processing and plug-in development.

He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function, which specialize in Max for Live devices releasing the M4L synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.

Getting started with Max – On Demand

Level: Beginners curious about programming

Get started with interactive audio and MIDI, and discover the possibilities of the Max environment. In this series of recorded videos, you will learn how to manipulate audio, MIDI, virtual instruments and program your own interactive canvas.

Connect together Max’s building blocks to create unexpected results, and use them in your music productions. Through a series of exercises you will engage in the pragmatic creation of a basic MIDI sequencer device that features a wealth of musical manipulation options.

Learn from guided examples.

This on demand content aims to enable you to work with Max confidently on your own.

Learning outcomes: 

  • Understand the Max environment

  • Connect building blocks together and work with data

  • Master the user interface

  • Work with your MIDI instruments

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A good working knowledge of computer systems

  • Access to a copy of Max 8

About the workshop leader 

Phelan Kane is a Berlin & London based music producer, engineer, artist, developer and educator. For over twenty years he has been active in both the music industry and the contemporary music education sector, with a focus on electronic music and alternative bands.

He specialises in sound design and production techniques such as synthesis and sampling, alongside audio processing and plug-in development.

He is currently running the electronic music record label Meta Junction Recordings and the audio software development company Meta Function, which specialize in Max for Live devices releasing the M4L synth Wave Junction in partnership with Sonicstate.