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 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.
What will I achieve?
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
- Work with live audio inputs: interact with audio effects and live sampling
- Create simple visual effects for images and video
- Use MIDI devices and other inputs 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?
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 an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group, and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.
This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You way wish to
- explore live electronics further through Ableton Live, Sonic arts: creativity with sound, or Arduino workshop
- learn other music software such as GarageBand or Logic
- develop your music production skills through courses in Mixing and music production
- progress to advanced courses such as Vocal recording techniques or Music for film, tv and animation
Go to the Mus technology and digital audio production page to see the full range of courses.
For advice email the music office or phone us on (020) 7492 2630.
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.