Dates: 7-10pm Mondays June 9, 16th, 30th
Location: Arroyo Vista Recreation Center, Moorpark, CA
Cost: $110 per person if we can get 10 students. $90 if we get 15 (8 currently confirmed).
Instructor: Nathan Bowen (look around my site to get to know me)
Participants will need to provide their own laptop and have a working version of Max (the free 30-day trial works if yours hasn’t expired).
Session 1. Using simple objects to build complex stuff.
We will use the metro object and the random object to create complex polyrhythms and ambient textures, with MIDI messages that can easily port to Logic, Live, Cubase, or your sequencer of choice.
Session 2. Building a wobble synth and other FM synthesis topics
We will build a wobble bass synth from the ground up. We’ll also explore signal processing effects such as delay lines, flanging and chorus. We will also build a pretty powerful push button sampler. If there is strong interest, we can explore FFT as well.
Session 3. Mobile phone (or wiimote) as controller, augmenting acoustic instruments.
If you play the electric guitar, you’re probably familiar with effects pedals. Here we’ll treat Max as a customizable effects pedal, taking audio from the guitar, routing it through Max, and affect sound based on accelerometer data from the phone (or wiimote). The idea is to apply the concepts from session 2 to here. Not that we’ll go quite this far, but take a look at this for inspiration.
Note: When you buy a spot via Paypal, please provide your email address. I will then send you the first week’s set of patches in advance. They’ll start with a simple patch, then another patch that adds a little more, moving step-by-step. You’ll be encouraged to tweak each patch as a means of understanding what’s going on.