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Harvestworks Presents a Week of Instruction and Events About MAX/MSP

MAX/MSP is the graphical programing environment for music and mulitmedia. (October 19, 2001)
Sunday November 11 at 8pm, The Nite School will open with a special concert presentation "interface", by Curtis Bahn and Dan Trueman. They will perform and discuss their innovative sensor instruments and sonic display systems used in the production of "./swank" their new release on the Cycling '74 label (C74). Curtis is professor of computer music composition and performance in the Integrated Electronic Arts Program at RPI. Dan is currently professor of music and composition at Colgate University. For more information see

The Nite School is an intensive 5-evening course in Max/MSP taught by two veteran Max programmers and performers, Luke DuBois and Dafna Naphtali, with David Zicarelli (developer of Max, president of Cycling'74). This hands-on "boot-camp" style workshop is intended to bring up the level of the novice Max user so that they are able to develop their own Max patches with efficiency and reliability for their own performances and/or installation work. Some previous experience or training in Max is strongly recommended (this course is not suited for absolute beginners). Mac literacy required.

The series closes with the workshop "Seeing and Feeling with Max" by Eric Singer, computer programmer and author of "Cyclops", which is an interactive video-analysis object for MAX.

Max, a graphical programming environment for music and media applications, allows its users to schedule events with millisecond accuracy, create complex mappings for incoming data, and run a large number of operations in parallel. In essence, it is a graphic tool to create programs by wiring together objects. MSP extends Max's capabilities by incorporating audio objects that are connected to create audio patches where signals flow from one object to the next - not unlike the fundamental concept of the modular synthesizer. Originally developed by Miller Puckette at IRCAM, David Zicarelli developed the program for commerical release and his San Francisco based company Cycling '74 handles all development and distribution. MAX/MSP is used for the instruction of computer music in most major universities and music programs. Cycling '74 can be reached online at

About Harvestworks
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1977 to cultivate artistic talent using electronic technologies. Harvestworks' programs provide the artist with production studios, grant opportunities, education, communal practice and distribution. Harvestworks, located in Soho, offers a creative environment where artists learn new technologies, create art and exhibit new works in a new way. Funding for this program was provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment For The Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Phillip Morris Companies Inc. and The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Carol Parkinson, Director
Harvestworks, Digital Media Arts Center
596 Broadway Suite 602
New York NY 10012
212-431-1130 x 12

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