Noise~ Wednesday

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Next class

The next class will be Wednesday the 3rd of April at 20:00. You will need your own laptop running either OS X or Windows. Max does not currently run on Linux. If you want to make your Linux machine make funny noises, you should consider PureData. Class will be in the Turing classroom, which adjoins the Church classroom at the back of the space.

As far as what we'll talk about in this class, I want to start looking at these Max meetups less as a lecture series and more as an opportunity to make some interactive art. For our first project I suggest we plan an interactive installation for the Turing room. We can fill the room with light and sound. We can create an immersive, reactive performance. Whatever it we do, it will be a great opportunity to pool our genius and to raise money on behalf of Noisebridge. So let's roll our sleeves up already.

This Wednesday we'll split the class into two parts. In the first part I'll do a quick demo on how to build a vocoder, which is a tool for making people sound like robots. That shouldn't take too long, so in the remaining time we can brainstorm about what we want to do in the Turing Room Performance Space. Bring your best ideas and your darkest mania.


Is your computer currently usable? When you type the letter 'k', does the 'k' character appear on the screen? Are the images in front of you right-side up? Are your internal speakers currently silent, as opposed to emitting a deafening, 18kHz sine tone?

Don't worry, There is hope. Enter Max/MSP--the programming language of the future. Invented by the French for the purpose of challenging the dialectic between man and machine and for confusing the general public, Max makes it easy to connect input to output in a rapid, whimsical and experimental manner. Programming in Max is as simple as hooking objects together using virtual connections called patchcords. Those patchcords can carry instructions, streaming data, sound, video or just about anything else, so it's easy to use Max to explore unexpected possibilities. You want to use Max to drive LED's? Or maybe to make your face dance? Max can do basically anything. Something is a proper subset of anything. Therefore, if you want to do something, Max can probably help.

Noise~ covers the basics, from building a simple patch all the way through tackling algorithmic composition and working with live video. The first class will be targeted at total beginners and will begin at the absolute beginning: downloading Max, opening a patcher and making something happen. From there, as long as there is interest there will be classes.

Previous Classes

March 20, 2013
Infinite Glissando! Loading a buffer~ with uzi and expr. Reading a buffer~ with phasor~ and wave~. Midi math. A world of illusions! Patch

March 13, 2013
Building an arpeggiator, pitch shifting, pfft~/freaky french transforms, presentation mode. Patches

March 6, 2013 Patches

February 27, 2013 Patches

February 20, 2013 Patches

February 13, 2013 Patches&Lab

February 6, 2013 Patches


Noise~ is led by Sam
Geoff occasionally provides comic relief.

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