Category Archives: Fall2014

Introduction to the CIRMMT Live Electronics Framework

Today we reviewed some of the most popular signal processing techniques used in live-electronics music repertoire. These included: delays (tap/feedback delays) flanger, chorus, phaser reverberation filtering (IIR/FIR also sometimes referred to as resonant vs fft) modulation (AM, FM, Ringmodulation) pitch shifting and harmonization Convolution, Cross-synthesis phase vocoding (time-stretching and freezing of sounds) We also listened […]

MVC, OSC, Message Busses and Sound Types

This week we talked about Software Design Patterns, such as the Model-View-Controller pattern. We then discussed the advantages of using a shared bus messaging system rather than individual send/receive objects and addresses, for its hierarchical structure and flexibility of being able to communicate to any module just by specifying its address. To further improve our messaging system we […]


MIDI study

In this week’s class we first had a small class concert of interactive, improvisational MIDI studies. The general quality was high and I think the pieces were very interesting, at times dramatic, at others humouristic, working with texture, sound masses, instrumentation, and many other elements. The density of notes was a bit reminiscent of the idea of Black Midi ;-) This little concert […]

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Max & MIDI (II)

This week’s lecture focused on programming style and strategies for structuring a patch for real-time performance situations. After looking at different solutions for Class 3’s programming assignment  we discussed strategies for detecting and removing programming mistakes (debugging) to make you programs behave as intended. We then studied different approaches to realize more complex data-flows and introduced […]


Max & MIDI (I)

This week we started working with MIDI in the Max environment. We discussed the different semantics of a MIDI note message vs a musical note (as we know it from standard Western music notation). While the former is a discrete instruction, the latter has a duration and is commonly embedded in a harmonic and metric context, i.e. it has a musical meaning. In MIDI, […]