“Getting Started with Sound in Max” is an ONLINE course that will be offeredstarting June 1st 2015 at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). Enrollment is open to the general public — you do not need to be a student at MassArt in order to enroll. This is a 1.5 college credit module offered through the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM). The price is $620 for over six weeks of intensive instruction. You may register by phone by calling the MassArt Continuing Education office at 617-879-7200 or you may register online through the link below:
This intensive online course is for beginners in Max who want to create sound works. Using a step-by-step approach, you will learn how to build Max patches [self-contained programs] from the ground up, while designing a portfolio of sound controllers, sequencers, synthesizers, samplers and a wide array of sound processors, all which can be used for live performance. Patches will reflect your own interests, tastes and background. Digital sound concepts will be made understandable and one-on-one help will be provided throughout the course. Classes are posted once weekly for this online course, but do not meet in real-time, allowing some flexibility for individual schedules. Academic discounts on Max are available for students enrolled in the course for credit. No previous experience with audio, music or Max is required.
Materials: Max must be installed on your computer. You may use any version of Max 7, Max 6 or Max 5 for this beginning course. (You may NOT use “Max for Live” for taking this course. See FAQ page for more information.)
For more information contact: Judy.Dunaway@massart.edu
For the past twenty years Judy Dunaway has primarily been known for her numerous works for latex balloons as sound producers, including electronic and multi-media works, sound installations, improvisational works and compositions. She has presented these works throughout North America and Europe at many important venues, festivals, museums and galleries and has given academic presentations about her works at many colleges and universities (see her websitefor more details). She has been working with Cycling 74‘s Max for the past 10 years and received a Max/MSP/Jitter certificate from Harvestworks in May 2011. Using Cycling 74’s Max, Judy has developed an artificial intelligence that can extract and remember the semi-random pitches and rhythmic patterns of her “tenor balloon” and provide live improvisational interaction based on this data via MIDI or synthesis. In October 2014 she used this system to perform with Godfried Willem-Raes’ “Player Piano II” MIDI-based instrument at the Logos Foundation in Gent, Belgium (a video of which you can see on YouTube.). Subsequently she was awarded a residency at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm Sweden for further research and development of the interactive system. She will give a presentation/demo about her system as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF) in New York City in summer 2015. She has a Ph.D. in music composition from Stony Brook University and an M.A. with emphasis in experimental music composition from Wesleyan University, where she studied with Alvin Lucier. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 2005.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design (also known as MassArt) is a publicly-funded college of visual art, founded in 1873. The college boasts numerous notable alumni including William Wegman and Christian Marclay. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. MassArt is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the Colleges of the Fenway.