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Robert Henke's life with Max

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On the new Cycling 74 web site, you can read an interview with Robert Henke. Artist known as monolake, he very close to the Ableton Live team. He was a guest at expo74, cycling 74's first user conference in April 2009. That was refreshing to hear him recount his "life with Max". But the best was when he told his feature requests during the open session with the Max & Jitter team!
Robert Henke presents "his life with Max" at expo74 (April 2009)
Atlantic Waves: a collaborative sequencer played by himself in Berlin and deadbeat in MontréalI like the first minute of this interesting video where Robert Henke talks about sound quality.
If it sounds good, it sounds good. Who can disagree with that?

You need Max, but not all the time

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During the electroacoustic music week at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, each of the invited Prisma composers gave a talk to present his current research. I spoke in the afternoon of October 20th in the conservatory's Golden Hall. After an introduction to spectral domain sound processing with Max, I presented alternatives for artists to create music with interactive electronics.Why you need Cycling74's Max
Listening to the sound, and looking at it, too.
On the right side, a glimpse of the beautiful sound system Sa Majesté Le Son.
Real-time transient analysis.You don't always need Max
Live electronics alternatives to Max/MSP/Jitter if you mostly want to trigger sound files include: Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro's environment, or Meyer Sound's Matrix 3.
A few among many Max/MSP alternatives for interactive sound processes: PD (Pure Data), Reaktor, Max for Live, Kyma
A few words on the piece I was going to perform in the evening: Electroclarinet 1.
The first interactive …

15-16/60 - Bagict - Live by Daoud/Noguchi duo

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As I said when announcing the premiere concert, the piece Bagict (15-16/60) is dedicated to both Ryan Banagale and Michael Cuthbert. Thank you for taking part in the 60/60 project!Ryan chose the Illustrated History of Magic book, while Michael picked Milton Babbitt's Phonemena CD.Because both presents came at the same time, and Ryan and Michael are almost colleagues, I decided to compose a piece inspired by both objects. The Illustrated History of Magic suggested me to base the composition on the idea of transformation. In the piece, the transformation of a musical material into another is realized/improvised/decided live by the performers. From Milton Babbitt, I stole the series of twelve pivot notes used in the melody and harmony of Phonemena's first couple of bars.I recorded the premiere performance on a minidisc (in Bien, Switzerland, on August 15th, 2008). The excellent performers were Yuji Noguchi, clarinets, and Vincent Daoud, saxophones. Here are the links to the recor…

Workshops on FFT & Max

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FFT is a scary acronym for a scarier algorithm, the Fast Fourier Transform. Scary, but when it comes to sound processing, this is the door to go beyond the mirror of time domain. Sound is air in movement, atoms moving through space & time. When you push the door of the spectral domain (using the FFT algorithm), you access the frequencies that constitute the sound. In Shanghai Conservatory, on October 17th and 18th, I taught how to use the FFT in the software environment Max.
October 18th, Shanghai Conservatory of MusicFree tools for spectral sound processingWhere the first day introduced the theory, the second day was a hands-on workshop. We spent quite some time on the distinction between time domain and spectral domain in Max/MSP (made easy by the [pfft~] object).October 17th: topic introductionwaveforms (LP vinyl, tape)time domain sound processing: speed & pitch linkanalog granulation, digital granulationspectral domain (spectrum, sonogram)have fun with graphical sound trans…

From Evian to Shanghai

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On October 19th, the day before my concert, I had a coffee at the Park Hyatt Hotel, at the 87th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center.I had taken my draft of Electroclarinet 1: I still had to clarify details of the score before the performance.In the summer of 1993, I spent 10 weeks as a worker in the Evian bottling plant.It was fun to think that both the water and myself had made the trip from the Alps to the highest tower in China!From the Financial Center (center), you can contemplate the top of the Jin Mao Tower (right).