MMJ4M 01: Introduction to Programming

In my previous post I reported on my independent study project with Processing. Now I’ll report on a second project, this one using the visual programming environment Max/MSP by Cycling ’74. (This project is being supervised by Music Professor Miguel Chuaqui, who, according to the map on the Cycling ’74 site, is the only person in the state of Utah who teaches Max/MSP.)

Anyhow, I’m using a lovely book entitled Max/MSP/Jitter for Music by VJ Manzo, who looks much more like a wild man rocker than someone who would write clean, crisp prose about programming (good for you!). I started reading this book back in November. I posted on it previously but now I’m ready to put up pictures of all of my patches, as the programs are called. So, the gallery at the top of this post includes the five patches from Chapter 1 and the videos below show them in action.

(I’ve also come across a blog with a total of nine entries from 2009 called “Learning Max/MSP: Using Max/MSP for a Generative Music Burning Man Project.” Excellent!)


  • Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, Ch. 0: Preface (0 exercises)
  • Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, Ch. 1: Introduction to Programming (5 exercises)
  • Patches can be downloaded from (Dead Link)
  • UPDATED LINK: Patches can now be downloaded from
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