[Jan 20] Making Max Make Music with Markov Chains

Make Max make music for you! Make Max make music like you! Make Max make music without you! Do the beginnings of your performances always start with you predictably building layers? Get the party kicking *immediately* with Markov chains! Are you sick of making music with static loops that never ever ever ever ever change? Not with Markov chains. Do you tweak one thing at a time while everything else just sits there repeating over and over and over and over? Never again! Maybe you just want a friend to jam with when there’s no one around. This class will teach you to make your Max patch improvise on it’s own! You’ll walk out with ideas and strategies for making melodies, chords progressions and especially drum parts write themselves and only repeat when you want them to!

Making Max Make Music with Markov Chains

Matthew Aidekman
Sun, Jan 20, noon to 6pm
Cost: $125 (student/member), $150 (regular)

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Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
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markovMax/MSP is the perfect place to go for composing algorithmic music. This class will get students knee deep in this subject by starting with a simple patch that contains just six max objects called a Markov chain. This Markov chain will act as the core for every program in the course. From there students will be shown numerous strategies for how to use this patch to generate everything from song structures to rhythms to bass lines. Students will also learn to teach this tiny program how to improvise. From here the class will discuss a few ways to make the output of our Markov chains a little bit more human and musical. Finally we’ll talk about creating drum kit parts. Everything students learn can be easily dropped into Max for Live to instantly bring a sparkle to live performances. This class assumes students have a basic knowledge of Max programming.

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