Max meetup – September

Date & Time: Saturday 25th September 2021 4pm UK / 5pm Berlin / 8am LA / 11am NYC

Meetup length 2-hours

Level: Open the all levels

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 expert practitioners.

Mari Kimura – MUGIC®, motion sensor for performance 

  • Mari will be discussing and demonstrating works using MUGIC®, a motion sensor for performance that runs on Max, Ableton or any DAW as a MIDI controller. MUGIC® is now used by artists and in many universities including Harvard, University of Toronto and Miami, and my classes at Juilliard and UC Irvine. 
  • MARI KIMURA is a violinist/composer and a developer of MUGIC® motion sensor. She is also a professor at UC Irvine and at The Juilliard School. Mari has been at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument.  

Dr. Zeynep Özcan: Proprius

  • Will be talking about their work Proprius, a biologically interactive musical ecosystem. The ecosystem implemented in Processing. The data generated in Processing is transmitted to Max via OSC for the musical output to be generated in real-time. Zeynep will discuss the creative decisions made in the conception of the work and how the system evolved in years to come. 
  • Bio: Dr. Zeynep Özcan is a sonic artist, author, and lecturer at the Department of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan.

Anastasia Clarke: Evolution of a Max performance patch 

  • Will discuss the evolution of a Max performance patch including custom effects that have been used for improvisation and composition, and have now been adapted for use with Ableton Live / Max for Live.
  • Bio: Anastasia Clarke is a composer, sound designer, and artist living in Lenapehoking / New York City. Their work asks how music and sound can be used as tools or catalysts for healing and activism, through both cognitive and communal engagements.

 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


  • 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

Natural Machines with Dan Tepfer – LIVESTREAM

Date & Time: Thursday 17th June 2021 6pm UK / 7pm Berlin / 10am LA / 1pm NYC

In this live stream we’ll talk with Dan Tepfer and hear more about his project Natural Machines.

In an age of unprecedented technological advancement, Dan Tepfer is changing the definition of what a musical instrument can be. Featured in an NPR documentary viewed by 1.5 million people, Dan Tepfer shows his pioneering skill in this concert by programming a Yamaha Disklavier to respond in real time to the music he improvises at the piano while another computer program turns the music into stunning animated visual art. Called “fascinating and ingenious” by Rolling Stone, the Natural Machines performance lives at a deeply unique intersection of mechanical and organic processes, making it “more than a solo piano album… a multimedia piece of contemporary art so well made in its process and components and expressed by such a thoughtful, talented, evocative pianist… that it becomes a complete experience” (NextBop).

Music Hackspace YouTube 

Overview of speaker

Dan Tepfer is a French-American jazz pianist and composer.

One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Dan Tepfer has earned an international reputation as a pianist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality, and drive—one “who refuses to set himself limits” (France’s Télérama). The New York City-based Tepfer, born in 1982 in Paris to American parents, has performed around the world with some of the leading lights in jazz and classical music, and released ten albums of his own.

Tepfer earned global acclaim for his 2011 release Goldberg Variations / Variations, a disc that sees him performing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece as well as improvising upon it—to “elegant, thoughtful and thrilling” effect (New York magazine). Tepfer’s newest album, Natural Machines, stands as one of his most ingeniously forward-minded yet, finding him exploring in real time the intersection between science and art, coding and improvisation, digital algorithms and the rhythms of the heart. The New York Times has called him “a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown.”

Tepfer’s honors include first prizes at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, the 2006 East Coast Jazz Festival Competition, and the 2007 American Pianists Association Jazz Piano Competition, as well as fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2014), the MacDowell Colony (2016), and the Fondation BNP-Paribas (2018).

Digging deeper into Flora for monome norns – On-demand

Level: Some experience of norns required

In the second Flora workshop, you will build your own custom L-system algorithms using Flora’s UI and sequence the script using the preset (PSET) sequencer. The script’s community gardening feature will also be covered to give you a new way to share your sequences with a worldwide audience.

Flora on Vimeo

By the end of the second workshop, you will be able to:

  • Design custom L-system algorithms with the Flora UI and maiden

  • Share your custom L-system algorithms using Flora’s community gardening feature

  • Sequence presets using Flora and other norns scripts

  • Use Flora as a sequencer for your external synthesizer(s) using crow and/or midi

Session study topics

  • L-system algorithm properties

  • Sharing L-system algorithms

  • Meta-sequencing Flora and other norns scripts

  • Norns integration with midi and/or crow



  • A computer and internet connection

  • A norns device with Flora installed

  • Optional: A midi-enabled controller and/or synthesizer


We have a number of sponsorship places available, if the registration fee is a barrier to you joining the workshop please contact laura@stagingmhs.local.



About the workshop leader

Jonathan Snyder is a Portland, Oregon based sound explorer and educator.

Previously, he worked for 22 years as a design technologist, IT manager, and educator at Columbia University’s Media Center for Art History, Method, and Adobe.

Create Music Visuals with TouchDesigner / Fundamentals – On-demand

Note: Add this workshop to your cart along with the full workshop series to get £10 off at checkout

Level: Beginner


TouchDesigner is a tool that gains popularity among musicians who want to create visuals for their music and do audio-visual experiments. This workshop is an introduction to the series “Create Music Visuals with TouchDesigner – Going Further”. You will be guided through TouchDesigner environment, learn how to create 3D scenes and control visual parameters with sound, discuss audio-visual art with your peers and, of course, make visuals! Try it and see if you want to learn more in the coming weeks with Going Further.

  • Discuss some names in the history of audio-visual art and ideas that inspired the field

  • Understand fundamentals of 3D rendering in TD

  • Create basic geometric shapes, light and texture them

  • Create audio-reactive visual progression that switches between camera views

Computer animation in the 21st century – the 3D space.

  • Ideas and key figures in the history of audio-visual art

  • 3D rendering set up

  • Simple 2D compositing

  • Triggering actions and controlling parameters with CHOPs


  • A computer with internet connection

  • A three button mouse or Apple Track Pad appropriately configured

  • TouchDesigner installed (free version suffices

  • If your on Mac please check TouchDesigner can run on your system (i.e. has basic GPU requirements such as Intel HD4000 or better)

About the workshop leader 

Dancing Pixels (Masha Rozhnova) is a London based artist who creates audio-visual performances and videos for musicians. For the past three years she has been using TouchDesigner as the main tool for content creation, show control and as an engine to enable interaction with the audience. She performed at Live Performers Meeting in Rome, at New River studios and Crux events in London.

Live AV Performance by Leon Trimble

Watch the Live AV Performance by Leon Trimble with a 360 camera. Navigate the scene with the arrows at the top left of the video.

Music Hackspace Performances Night – 13th December-

Part of the 2014 UK Tour of Simon Whetham, Seth Cooke and Paul Khimasia Morgan , the event in London is curated by Blanca Regina. Join us in this special evening




Activating objects and surfaces with found sounds and actions, Simon Whetham creates a shifting sonic environment that is comfortably disorientating. Seth Cooke is an improviser and sound recordist based in Bristol, UK. His music is frequently location or process oriented and he often works with material happened upon by chance. As a percussionist he plays traps and waste disposal sink. Paul Khimasia Morgan is an improviser, currently working with electronics, zither and the sonification of low voltage. “…a weft of mysterious hums and clicks that creeps organically across the intervening space between the speakers and my ears, never quite identifying itself but always offering tantalizing glimpses…” – Brian Olewnik, Just Outside Matthias Kispert is a sound artist living in London, founder of ‘Material Studies’ group along the mixed media artist, Blanca Regina. The duo with play an improvised set using voice, electronics, objects and visuals.

Where: 132 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY

From : 20.00-23:00pm Tickets on the door 5 pounds/ 4 pounds concessions

There will be special food with special prices offered by TROYganic





A night of site-related sounds

Sprawl in collaboration with Music Hackspace and Strange Umbrellas presents a night of site-related sounds
Performances by:

murmer (Patrick McGinley, Framework radio)

Steve Beresford, Blanca Regina, Jack Goldstein

Matthias Kispert

‘Twine’, a short film by Iris Garrelfs

Date: Thursday 20th March 2014
Time: 7pm – 11pm

132 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DY

ticket price: £5/3 concs

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