Max Computer Music Workshop


June 19-July1, 2017

Application Deadline: May 5, 2017

Max Computer Music Workshop


Charles Nichols and Ronald Parks, faculty


Max 2014 Laptop Orchestra ConcertThe 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, using the Max visual programming environment ( Participants will learn techniques for programming interactive computer music, through a mix of lectures and lab work, 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.


Topics include, but are not limited to, capturing, storing, and manipulating OSC and MIDI data, synthesizing and processing digital audio, and using external computer music controllers for performance. Faculty will present the theory of computer music, including a variety of synthesis techniques (additive, subtractive, modulation, granular, spectral), types of real-time audio processing (delays, modulators, filters, dynamics), and strategies for implementing real-time performer-computer interactivity. Students will work through programming examples, read supporting documentation, and listen to example pieces. The workshop will culminate in students programming and composing interactive computer music projects, to be performed and recorded on a concert of the Charlotte New Music Festival.


Selection for the Max Computer Music Workshop is competitive, limited to 15 participants, and is based on applicants’ experience with computer music composition, music software, or computer programming. Instructors make an effort to select applicants that will enhance the learning experience for all workshop participants, and foster a positive and creative learning environment.


Typical daily schedule:IMG_7674
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:

– 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!







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 July 1, 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!





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?

After May 20, the workshop fee is non-refundable.

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