An introduction to Max/MSP

Max/MSP is a highly versatile program, allowing you to design your own realtime audio and video processing. It's great fun and is particularly useful for making audio and video tools suitable for live performance and interactive artist installation work.

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Key course information

Dates
16/01/15 - 20/03/15

Day(s)
Fri

Duration
10 weeks

Time
18:00 - 21:00

Fees ?
Full fee: £320
Senior fee: £320
Concession: £199

Venue
KS - Keeley Street

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Course code
MK571

Availability
Available
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Course outline

What is the course about?

A practical introduction to Max/MSP, a highly versatile computer program which allows you to design your own realtime audio and video processing. It’s truly creative, great fun and is particularly useful for making audio and video ‘tools’, suitable for live performance and interactive artist installation works.

What topics will we cover?

- Building basic Max patches using audio and video processes with an individual touch
- Using Max’s standard user interface library to build your own interfaces
- How to make the most of the extensive documentation on useful Max objects
- Using, analyzing and learning from other people’s patches available on the internet
- Playing and manipulating sampled sound in Max
- Implementing and interacting with audio effects
- Creating simple visual effects for images and video
- Using computer input and MIDI devices to control your audio and video processes in realtime
- An introduction to sensors and Arduino Boards to enhance the interactive experience of your patches.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

- Build basic Max patches using audio and video processes with an individual touch
- Use Max’s standard user interface library to build your own interfaces
- Make the most of the extensive documentation on useful Max objects
- Use and analyse other people’s patches downloaded from the internet in order to develop them on an individual basis
- Play and manipulate sampled sound in Max
- Implement and interact with audio effects
- Create simple visual effects for images and video
- Use computer input and MIDI devices to control your audio and video processes in realtime
- Explore the use of sensors and Arduino Boards to enhance the interactive experience of your patches.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Intermediate:
You should have:
- Experience of using computers
- Experience of at least one other piece of digital audio software
This course will require some maths. Not arithmetic but an understanding of equations to help you trouble shoot and make your ideas a reality.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work. You will work on one of 10 Mac based workstations to practice set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material and you will regularly present your work in progress to the group. You will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor throughout the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

CDrs can be bought for saving your work (£0.50) or students may bring in USB flash drives to back up their work for use elsewhere. Students should always bring a note pad and pen.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?

No.

What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. You will save each week's work as new files, providing a record of your progress. You may request written feedback from the tutor at the end of the course.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses. There will be an opportunity to evaluate your course at the end.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit www.citylit.ac.uk/students

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There is a direct follow-on course, Max/MSP - advanced techniques.
With the growing popularity of music software, further progression in this area tends towards learning and integrating additional software programs and approaches.
We offer introductory courses in all of our software and a variety of follow-on courses to take users on to the next level.
There is also a range of fast-track introductory courses to most of our software programs.
We now offer a wider range of courses focusing on aspects of contemporary practice within our new section - Sonic arts, composing and notating.
To further develop your use of creative software, you might consider courses on offer within our wider Digital Arts department.
The music department additionally offers a wide range of instrumental and musicianship courses.
For further advice call the music office on 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Information and Advice Shop, open Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00 during term time, and Monday to Friday 12:00 – 17:00 out of term time. See the course guide for term dates and further details.

Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2630

music@citylit.ac.uk

Auditions and Advice Information

Course dates and tutor names 2013-14

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.

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