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Sunday, May 1 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Max for Live Workshop by Sam Tarakajian

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In this workshop, we’ll look at extending the functionality of Ableton Live with Max/MSP. Specifically, we’ll see how a Max for Live Device can receive audio and MIDI from Live, as well as creative ways to process that data. We’ll also look at the Live API, which lets Max control almost any part of the Live Set automatically. This has profound implications for sound design, sequencing and algorithmic composition.

Making music with Ableton Live is fun, obviously. Making music with Max/MSP is also fun. Making music with Ableton Live and Max/MSP together is almost too much fun. In this workshop, we’ll look at how to make Max and Live work together to accomplish almost any compositional task we can imagine. We’ll see how to use Max to build a new Live instrument using signal processing techniques unique to Max. We’ll also build a Max for Live device that can create generative rhythmic sequences, adding algorithmic composition to Live. Finally, we’ll build a Max for Live device that can walk through the Live Object Model, controlling the Live Set automatically.


Sam Tarakajian

Sam Tarakajian is a Brooklyn-based developer and musician. He has worked at Apple, Cycling ’74 and the New York Public Library. His work centers around interface design for musical and creative tools. A recent project, the Rhythm Necklace app for iOS, lets the user create complex polyrhythms by touching and tweaking geometric shapes. Occasionally, his love for Max/MSP bubbles over into a YouTube video for the Delicious Max tutorial series.

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Harvestworks presents experimental art in collaboration with their Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) Lab. Since 1977 we have been supporting the creation of work that explores new and evolving technologies. In line with the historical E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) we provide an environment for experimentation with technicians, instructors and innovative practitioners in the electronic arts. Former Harvestworks... Read More →