Max Computer Music Workshop [Online] with Chris Dobrian and Charles Nichols

Max Computer Music Workshop [Online] More info & application:

Application deadline: March 26, 2021 by 11:59pm (early bird Feb 26)
Free to apply!

For creative technologists + musicians + composers
Signal processing as a medium for musical expression
2 intense summer sessions (2 weekends, and/or 1 week) led by experts in computer music: Christopher Dobrian & Charles Nichols, along with other guest appearances.
Dobrian authored the “Max Cookbook,” a reference documentation for the Max/MSP programming environment.
Learn techniques for programming interactive computer music, culminating in a public live stream of works created during the workshop.
Max Workshop Overview

Session A: 2 weekends, beginner-intermediate
July 16–18, 24–25

Session A is an immersive crash-course with Charles Nichols & Christopher Dobrian (author of Max Cookbook). The goal of this session is to teach participants basic-to-intermediate Max programming techniques. Whether you are an absolute beginner or come equipped with some pervious experience, this session will empower you to expand your workflow and create example patches for later reference.

This session may be taken as a standalone session or as part of the full intensive (prorated tuition applied).

Session B: (5 days + concert, intermediate-advanced)
July 26–31

Session B is a continuation of the Session A, with the added goal of creating a functional, live patch as part of a composition to be premiered at the festival. This session will explore a fuller range of topics and will empower you to pragmatically dissect and implement creative ideas.

Dobrian and Nichols will present a range of computer music topics, including:

Digital Audio — input/output, synthesis, recording, looping, processing, and spatialization
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) data for musical control
OSC (Open Sound Control) data for communication between devices
Event timing, ordering, and sequencing
Program structure and user interface design
Composition of algorithmic interactive computer music.
The Max Computer Music Workshop is part of the annual Charlotte New Music Festival.

Guest Ensembles:
Bent Frequency
Beo String Quartet
Duo Zonda
Iktus Percussion Quartet
Matt Darsey & Stephanie Wilson
Phoenix Down
Spatial Forces
Three Body Solution (free jazz trio)
Will Fried (piano)

Guest Composers:
Philip Aaberg,Leila Adu, Roberto Andreoni, Cecilia Adritto, Christopher Dobrian, Lansing McLoskey, Charles Nichols, Gabriela Ortiz, Pamela Z

Our virtual Charlotte New Music Festival 2020 last June was a very inspiring and meaningful experience despite the circumstances and we wanted to offer something sure and unwavering again. We pride ourselves on delivering a top-notch all-around experience, and we hope that this will bring another strong opportunity for professional development – reaching new heights, learning to utilize ensemble’s unique strengths and assets from the moment of concept on a piece, along with the opportunity to learn and work with such remarkable professional groups of creators & interpreters. We look forward to more great concerts, discovering new music, networking, and hosting composers and performers from around the world!


Deadline 26 March 2021



March 26


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