Daily Archives: 10 Apr 2013

MMJ4M 10: Working with Time

Chapter 10 “Working with Time” of VJ Manzo‘s book Max/MSP/Jitter for Music is a busy one and a lot of fun. The most important parts for me were that we learned how to create user-controlled loops (of MIDI files, not audio) and how to create a simple step sequencer. Now I realize that it’s probably much easier to do both of these in Ableton Live (which my grant at  Utah Valley University got for me) and other, more specialized programs, but it gets to the heart of the things I want to do with Max/MSP/Jitter. (Well, some of the things, in any case.) But it gets much closer to the music making part that I’m interested in.

By the way, it occurs to me that it would be great if the fine people at Cycling ’74 (you know, the people who gave us Max/MSP/Jitter) could take the example of their Vizzie modules, which are preassembled, easy to use subpatches for working with video, and did a similar things for MIDI and/or audio files. I’m just sayin’….

Completed:

  • Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, Ch. 10: Working with Time (18 exercises)
  • Patches can be downloaded from http://db.tt/GBYLb0vY (Dead Link)
  • UPDATED LINK: Patches can now be downloaded from http://j.mp/1iy19Xl
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MMJ4M 09: Tools for Music Theory Concepts

Chapter 09 of VJ Manzo‘s book Max/MSP/Jitter for Music is about “Tools for Music Theory Concepts.” This generally refers to patches that are able to create chord progressions by reading user input and that are able to perform a variation of scale analysis. For me, I think that there are two particularly important applications of these kinds of patches and programs:

  1. Creating interactive dance performances where dancers are able to use gestural controls to create and modify music (which is a big part of my Dance Loops project at Utah Valley University)
  2. Elaborate versions of live looping, which is something I learned about originally from cellist  Zoë Keating, although I have since found many other people who do it; the big difference is that I play a one-note-at-a-time instrument – an alto saxophone – and these kinds of patches would make it much easier for me to create harmonies and chords, I think

Anyhow, those are the big ideas for now.

Completed:

  • Max/MSP/Jitter for Music, Ch. 09: Tools for Music Theory Concepts (10 exercises)
  • Jitter patches can be downloaded from http://db.tt/GBYLb0vY (Dead Link)
  • UPDATED LINK: Patches can now be downloaded from http://j.mp/1iy19Xl
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