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.

Max meetup – July 24th

Date & Time: Saturday 24th July 4pm UK / 5pm Berlin / 8am LA / 11am NYC

Level: Open to all levels

Hosted by Melody Loveless.

Meetups are a great way to meet and be inspired by the Max community.

What to expect? 

The meetup runs via Zoom and will be approx. 2-hours in length.

This session will feature presentations from 3 expert practitioners: 

Viola Yip

Daniel McKemie

Virginia de las Pozas: Axine M

Following these presentations breakout rooms are created where you can:

  • Talk to the presenters and ask questions

  • Join a room on topics of your choice

  • Show other participants your projects, ask for help, or help others out

  • Meet peers in the chill-out breakout room

Requirements: 

  • A computer and internet connection
  • A Zoom account

 Berlin Code of Conduct

We ask all participants to read and follow the Berlin Code of Conduct and contribute to creating a welcoming environment for everyone.

Supported by Cycling ‘74

Live Coding Sound with TidalCycles – On demand

Level: Beginner

Live coding is the act of manipulating algorithms in real time to change an ongoing artistic process, like music or visuals. In this workshop, we will begin with an introduction to live coding, highlighting various technologies and artists, before learning how to live code sound using TidalCycles. This workshop aims to provide an introduction to live coding to encourage others to incorporate live coding technologies and techniques into their practice.

Session Learning Outcomes

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

  • Create a variety of patterns

  • Use functions to vary sequences

  • Add effects to manipulate and process sounds

  • Identify various technologies and practitioners of live coding

Session Study Topics

  • An introduction to various live coding technologies and artists:

    • Sonic Pi

    • TidalCycles

    • FoxDot

    • Hydra

  • How to create various patterns and sequences

  • Functions for varying sequences

  • How to add effects to sound

Requirements

  • A computer and internet connection

  • A web cam and mic

  • A Zoom account

TidalCycles
Software to download:

Note: To run TidalCycles on your machine, you will need to install software in addition to the applications/packages listed above. Follow these instructions to see how to do this on your machine.

To use an online version of TidalCycles (*no installation required):

Visit the Estuary Live Coding Server. Select ‘MiniTidal’ as your language of choice.

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 currently teaches at Hunter College and Harvestworks and is part of Cycling 74’s Max Certified Trainer Program.