Understanding Indian rhythm through simple algorithms – On demand

Level: All Max users

South Indian Carnatic music is home to a huge array of fascinating rhythms, composed from algorithms. Rooted in maths and aesthetics, Carnatic music has many facets that can be applied to computer music. In this workshop you will be given an introduction to this tradition, and provided with the opportunity to observe, create, and hack various patches that demonstrate some of these ideas.

Session Learning Outcomes

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

  • Be capable of reciting a simple rhythmic konnakol phrase

  • Be capable of conceiving simple rhythmic algorithms

  • Be capable of translating these concepts into simple Max patches

  • Understand South Indian rhythmic concepts & terminology such as Tala, Jhati, and Nadai

Session Study Topics

  • Learning a konnakol phrase

  • Understanding Tala cycles

  • Understanding Jhati and Nadai

  • Translating rhythmic algorithms into code

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A webcam and mic

  • A Zoom account

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

About the workshop leader

Dom Aversano is a Valencian and London based composer and percussionist with a particular interest in combining ideas from the South Indian classical and Western music traditions. He has performed internationally as a percussionist, and produced award-winning installation work that has been exhibited in Canada, Italy, Greece, Australia, and the UK.

For a decade Dom has studied South Indian Carnatic music in London and in Chennai. He has studied with mridangam virtuoso Sri Balachandar, the resident percussionist of The Bhavan music centre in London, as well as shorter periods with Somashekar Jois and M N Hariharan.

Building phaser audio effects in Gen – LIVE Session

Date & Time: Tuesday 16th March 2021 6pm GMT / 7pm CET / 10am PST / 1pm EST

Level: Advanced

In this workshop, you will explore tools and techniques to create phaser audio effect devices in Gen via Max. Explore all pass filters, feedback loops, signal routing and LFOs via a series of exercises. This workshop aims to enrich your musical output via the application of a self-made audio effects and novel sound design techniques. Gen provides highly optimised audio processes that matches C++ and is the ideal technology for improving complex Max patches and optimising CPU.

Session Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify key Gen objects for audio phasor effects devices

  • Build all pass filter devices with feedback networks

  • Configure Gen parameters and properties

  • Add LFO networks for filter modulation

Session Study Topics

  • Gen objects

  • All pass filters

  • Gen variables and parameters

  • LFO modulation sources

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.