Sound Art using Max/MSP
Explore new ways of working with sound in this introductory visual programming workshop with composer and artist Nathan Marsh!
This multi-day workshop will enable you to conceive and realize creative sound ideas using Max/MSP, a visual programming language for creating interactive sound art and other sonic experiments. MSP gives you over 200 Max objects with which to build your own synthesizers, samplers, and effects processors as software instruments that perform audio signal processing.
This workshop combines study of examples with hands-on experience, to create custom software patches in Max.
Learn basic history of coding and algorithms, and how Max is used by contemporary artists today from a conceptual standpoint.
Through group discussion, you’ll analyse examples of coding for artistic creation (with a focus on Max/MSP)—exploring the practicalities of the medium, as well as what constitutes “digital art” and how the idea of originality figures in this realm.
After becoming familiar with Max/MSP’s basic concepts and workflow, you’ll modify basic examples to create your own custom patch, based on your own artistic interests. Working alone or in pairs, you will come up with a project concept that uses Max as a creative tool. Using your concept as a guide, you will create a rough but workable Max patch by the end of the workshop! You can take this patch home with you to fully realize and implement in your future projects. By the end of the workshop, you’ll also have theconceptual toolkit to draw inspiration from other artists working in interactive sound art.
Nathan Marsh is a sound artist, educator and performer based in Vancouver primarily concerned with the concept of experience and “objecthood” in music. He emphasizes collaboration and physical involvement in the creation of his works, intending to draw people into the physicality of music as a lived experience rather than as a predominantly auditory phenomenon.
Nathan holds a BFA in Music from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Nathan is currently an Artist Mentor in Burnaby North Secondary School’s Music and Technology Program in an initiative co-founded by the Western Front Society. Creation, performance, and education are key to structuring Nathan’s artistic work.