June 18-30, 2018

Application Deadlines:

  • March 12, 11:59pm (first round)
  • April 16, 11:59pm (second round)


About the Max Computer Music Workshop

Charles Nichols and Ronald Parks, faculty


The Max Computer Music Workshop (MCMW) is an intermediate-to-advanced two-week immersive workshop, during the Charlotte New Music Festival, focused on programming and composing computer music in the Max visual programming environment (http://cycling74.com/products/max/). Participants will learn techniques for programming interactive computer music, culminating in a public performance of works created during the workshop. The faculty will present a range of computer music topics, including digital audio synthesis, digital signal processing, alternative controllers and strategies, and implementation of interactivity in computer music.

The workshop is intended for composers, performers, and programmers with some experience in computer music or computer programming. The goal of the workshop is to build understanding of computer music composition, theory, and performance, and foster innovation in a range of creative activities, using Max programming.

Selection for the Max Computer Music Workshop is competitive, limited to 15 participants.


Typical daily schedule:

9 am – 12 pm: Faculty computer music and Max programming lectures
12-1 pm: Lunch
1-3 pm: CNMF guest composer and ensemble presentations
3-6 pm: Faculty-guided programming lab
6-7 pm: Dinner
7:30 pm: CNMF concerts


Participants in this workshop:

– Have the option to work with professional musicians to build a computer music piece
– Build synthesizers, samplers, and audio effects
– Control audio with music controllers, game controllers, phones and tablets
– Listen to and experiment with music made in Max
– Create pieces and perform them in our laptop orchestra concert at a local brewery!
– Creators/composers will also receive audio and video recordings of their work.





Dorm accommodations: double occupancy $525, single occupancy $685. We can match you with a roommate if you opt for double occupancy.



Classes held at UNC Charlotte in Robinson Hall.

Robinson Hall, UNC Charlotte, 9027 Mary Alexander Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262.

– Laptop orchestra concert at on Saturday June 30, 7:30pm. We invite all Max workshop participants to perform a piece of their own, and/or play in the CNMF Laptop Orchestra. Again, no previous musical experience required to participate in this!

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What are my transport/parking options getting to the workshop?

  • You may park in the Employee/Theater parking deck at Central Piedmont Community College. The deck is located behind the Sloan-Morgan building. The entrance to the Employee/Theater parking deck is on 4th street between S. Kings and Charlottetowne.

What should I bring to the workshop?

  • Participants should bring their own laptop with Max installed, headphones, and any computer music controllers they own.
  • We strongly suggest that participants go through some of the Max tutorials before the workshop.

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the workshop?

  • No, just tell us your name when you check in at the classroom (details announced via email).

What is the refund policy?

  • Deposit is nonrefundable.
  • After May 14, the workshop fee is non-refundable.