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PIMA 7742G Dynamic and Interactive Media in Performance II: Classes 1-4

Class 1 February 4, 2021

TOPIC: Course Introduction & Max Primer
Max 8 Refresher Build along:
Making a Basic Sequencer & Sample Player with Max
Extra: Keyboard MIDI Abstraction!
Download link for class files

Sonic Art projects and Examples:
Link to UBU Web Sound Index
Sampling (Beckley, Maviel)
Sequencing (Watts, Ortman)
Sound Walks (Cardiff, Naphtali, Bell)
Composition: (Chacon, Nevarez/Tevere)
Acoustics and Space (Rosenfield, Sun Kim)
Experimental-noise & Electronica with Max MSP (Cy X, Pinzion)

Link to Sound Art Appendix for more information and links on these artists and more

Assignment 1: Produce a 4-5 minute Sonic Art piece that uses Max MSP.
May be a Sound Walk, an Ambient piece, a Score and a performance, documentation of an Interactive Live performance, etc...
Post a recording of this work and a download link to your Max Patcher to your weblog before Class 5, March 4th.

For Class 2

- Review examples of Sound Art from Class 1 Lesson
- Make a recording! This recording should be a .wav or .aiff sound file, 1-2 minutes long.
Record with the device of your choice (computer, phone, cassette machine, mini disc, whatever you have!) We can discuss in class. Try to make the recording in one take!
Examples: field recording, voice singing, voice reading text, zoom audio recording etc..
We will use this recording in 7742 Class 2.
-Create a 7742-G Page on your personal Max Class Weblog.

For more tutorials and information related to today's class, have a look at the Class 1 Labs under the Labs tab of our Libguide.



Class 2: February 11, 2021

TOPIC: MSP Effects & Filters

Class Files Download Link

Audio Normalization with Audacity

Max Encapsulation: Creating subpatchers for organization and efficiency in Max

Max MSP EQ and Filtering, Delay, Distortions, Tremelo, & Compression

For Class 3

There are videos and more in the Class 2 Labs section of the LibGuide, have a look!
For Next Week: Add an audio effect that we covered this week to your 'my-audio' Sub-Patcher that we created in this week’s lesson.
Your Subpatcher may contain a single  audio effect, multiple audio effects, it may have controls if you like!
All should be contained in the 'my-audio' Sub-Patcher.
We will use this Sub-Patcher in Class 3.

Please post this to your class Weblog.


Class 3: February 18,2021

TOPIC: Sound Spatialization and Ambisonics

Class 3 Files Download Link

Audio Linear Demo Max Patch

Constant Power Panning & the Laws of Panning.

The Max ICST Ambisonics Package.

Max Text Object for writing and reading .txt files.

For Class 4

Check out the Labs section for Class 3 Labs!

Below are instructions to make 3 Audio Cues with Max. Use one of the Constant Power Panning methods in this lesson. You don't need to build one from scratch. Please post your work to your class Weblog.

1. Make a Sound Cue #1, with the press of the 1 key (ASCII 49)
Make the audio go from Left to Right over 30 seconds.
Use constant power panning.
2. Make a Sound Cue #2, with the press of the 2 key (ASCII 50)
Play Two different sound files, with constant power panning, have audio files cross the middle at the same time. Sound pans from Left to Right / Right to left.
3. Make a Sound Cue #3, with the press of the 3 key (ASCII 51)
Create an environment with movement.
Have a base sound (like wind) that plays out of the left and right channels equally.
Have a movement sound (like footsteps) travel from Right to Left for 30 seconds.
Pause for 10 seconds
Return to center.


Class 4: February 25, 2021

Topic: MIDI Synths & More

Download our Class Soundfont Folder

we will install the soundfonts together in class.

Macintosh: Download the FluidSynth-64bit package (we will install it in class.)

Macintosh Users 7742 Class 4 files

Windows Users 7742 Class 4 files


FluidSynth: a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 (sf2) specifications.



For Class 5

Assignment 1 Due
Posted to your weblog by Class 5 on March 4th.
deep listening
Read the Preface and explore the document included with our Class 4 Files, "Pauline Oliveros: Anthology_of_Text_Scores_2013."
Watch and Listen:
Pauline Oliveros Ted Talk: The difference between hearing and listening

For Oliveros EnthusiastsThis link is an 80th birthday concert at EMPAC (I suggest dipping in around the 49 minute mark!)
Below are links to a few performances of
Late Music Ensemble Sonic Meditation 1: Teach Yourself To Fly
& a lovely Tuning Meditation at the Met Cloisters
this one is so cool, it uses Quicktime VR in Youtube
Use your finger or mouse to move around the space.
You can also view in virtual reality mode on your mobile device or tablet in the YouTube app.

Check out the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments. This is an application made with Max Msp and we will cover that later this semester!
Class 5 we have an artist presentation by Suzanne Thorpe, a Max user and Deep Listening practitioner.