Are you a musician looking for some new tricks? How about being able to trigger a drum loop with a wave of your hand? Or getting your DJ set to play a slow jam — but only when the computer senses that people are needing a breather on the dance floor? Are you a visual artist who wants to make videos that spring to life when people walk by? Or video art that automatically syncs up to live music? Or a sculptor who really wants your sculpture to reach out and shakes hands with anyone who comes to visit?
Introduction to Max/MSP/Jitter
Sun, Dec 9, 2012, noon – 4pm (4 hrs)
Cost: $150 (regular), $120 (student/member)
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Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
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Ever wonder what your favorite photos sound like? And while you’re at it, what if Call Me Maybe was a painting? What would it look like?
All of this is possible, thanks to a program called Max. Max is a programming language, but it’s unconventional one. First off, it’s graphical — it works by letting you draw relationships on the screen between things like cameras and songs, microphones and video effects. Secondly, it’s for artists. Max lets you do things like hijack your iPhone and turn it into a musical instrument, or repurpose the Xbox Kinect into a powerful tool for making art that reacts to its environment.
Come join us at Harvestworks for an introduction to the world of Max. No programming experience is needed — just come with an open mind, a passion for trying new things, and maybe a crazy idea or two. Everyone will leave with a solid foundation in how Max works, real hands-on experience making programs with it, and bundle of software that will let try out a bunch of the examples mentioned above so you can try them at home, take them apart, and host parties were everyone waves their hands to create music and trippy visual projections
Required: if you want to follow along, please have a computer with Max installed — it’s available for a 30 day free trial at cycling74.com. Max works on PC and Mac computers.
Adam Rokhsar is a musician, psychologist, and software artist with degrees from Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. He designs interactive art for corporate clients and artists, including Radiolab, Steven Spielberg’s anniversary celebration at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and eight year olds — who make the best collaborators. He has several music projects and some of his art can be seen at www.makeyourselftransparent.tumblr.com.