4/2/97 12:00 AM
Subject: MAX Digest - 31 Mar 1997 to 1 Apr
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There are 3 messages totalling 113 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  2. STEIM Products
  3. MAX, PowerBooks, and Timing


Date:    Tue, 1 Apr 1997 16:33:08 +0200
From:    Jeffrey Burns 

  J E F F R E Y   B U R N S   -   T H E   P I A N O   O F   L I G H T

                       a multimedia spectacle

              premiere: Berlin, December 31, 1997

Demo-program available at my website:

                   The download is now repaired.


Date:    Wed, 2 Apr 1997 02:41:32 +0200
From:    jr 
Subject: STEIM Products

Joel out here,
re STEIM products

The SensorLab is currently on limited availability
but not discontinued. Its just a bit expensive and many peoples sensor
problems can be served by something as homely and appealing
as hardware modifications to a Peavey slider box. For STEIM artists who need
something more powerful the SensorLab is still there.

BigEye our video to midi product
is tempting in that it's so fun to play with you may not notice
until the week of the performance that in really doesn't have any
place in your work. Its one thing to say the word interactive
especially when dancers are in the room, its a lot harder to make
interactivity significant. The problem is not one of accuracy
as much as what does a camera and a remote control have to do with
what your trying to say or how your trying to say it.
We have thrown it (interactive technology) out of several
pieces I've worked on with Bill Forsyth at the Frankfurt Ballet.
We've also unplugged a Silicon Graphics machine doing
"something interactive", an expensive choice to make
the week of a premier but it failed the
Its easy for work to become the captive of a technological
wish or for tech to be a substitute for having a piece
but I would prefer that these remain in the domain of demos
for academic conferences.

STEIM tools are always available to our visiting artists
before they are released to a larger public.
LISA is now publicly available. It is being checked out by
several users right now from Bob Ostertag to Kaf Matthews
(she's a violinist/blackbox-DSPer who has been using LISA in gigs around
the last six months. Michel Waisviz has made most all
of his work this year using his "Hands" controller with LISA as the
sole sound source. It was tested on one of the new 200MHz PowerBooks
and seemed to work as well (20-30+ voices) as on a PPC9500 .

A new but unreleased project is IMAGINE
This will be a PPC based, midi controlled Video DSP program providing a
real-time image processing. It looks great and its a good time
for video artists and others to visit STEIM to get an early look.
has been in development by Tom Demayer for the last six months
greatly stimulated by the eye of Steina Vasulka
while she was STEIM guest director .
(Steina is the renowned video artist/founder of the Kitchen with her husband

Artists Musicians and Composers are always welcome to visit STEIM
and to apply for a project. Contact Frank Balde for information.


Date:    Tue, 1 Apr 1997 22:39:13 -0600
From:    Michael Pelz-Sherman 
Subject: MAX, PowerBooks, and Timing

I have some concerns about the real-time scheduler in MAX 3.0 on
 7.5. I recently tried running MAX on
a PowerBook 5300c and the timing was TERRIBLE; even the simplest, slow
 metronomic stuff was stuttering like crazy.
Things really got screwed up when I tried playing a QuickTime movie &
running a
 MIDI patch simultaneously! Installing
MIDI Manager and/or OMS only made things worse.

What's going on here? On older Mac models/OS's, the timing was still not
 perfect, but certainly acceptable for most
applications. My 160c running system 7.1 seems to do just fine, for example.
 MAX 3.0 Readme file mentions
something about the Apple "Extended Time Manager" potentially causing
 of this nature.

Does anyone know of a comprehensive study on this topic?

Michael Pelz-Sherman | "The man that hath no music in himself,           | Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
UCSD Music Dept.     | Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
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Software Engineer,   | And his affections dark as Erebus.
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End of MAX Digest - 31 Mar 1997 to 1 Apr 1997