Subject: MAX Digest - 3 Mar 1998 to 4 Mar 1998
Resent-Date: Sat, 7 Mar 1998 16:17:07 -0500
Resent-From: "Jeremy Roberts" 
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There are 3 messages totalling 154 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Play a sequence backwards?
  2. LEXIKON_SONATE 2.0 released
  3. "Composing Interactive Music"


Date:    Wed, 4 Mar 1998 00:17:57 -0500
From:    Tom Ritchford 
Subject: Re: Play a sequence backwards?

Steve Smith  wrote:
>Is any instruction to the seq object which will set it to play a sequence

It ain't clear that would work well... for example, you don't want
commands to precede their note-ons...  Program changes would
happen at the end.

It's not like reversing audio -- these are commands!

I don't believe the seq does it.  It would be almost trivial with
like Pyrite, a nice and free list based plug-in for Max.

As an aside, I love Pyrite to pieces... for some reason, I just can't get
behind digital audio like SuperCollider or msp.  A lot of it comes from
the fact that I'm always aiming at performance systems...

If only Pyrite would allow me to have variable length lists... all lists
are allocated at the same length, so if you need one or two really
long lists, it means that all of the lists must be really long -- no
more memory.  I'd be perfectly happy with just a way to say,
"This specific list is going to be (this length)."



Date:    Wed, 4 Mar 1998 11:59:31 +0100
From:    "Dr. Karlheinz Essl" 
Subject: LEXIKON_SONATE 2.0 released

LEXIKON-SONATE 2.0 (1992-98)
Interactive Real Time Composition for Computer-Controlled Piano

Stand-alone application for PowerPC and 68040 Apple Macintosh computers
Enhanced user interface with new interactive control features
Released 3 March 1998


Vienna (A) - LEXIKON-SONATE, a legendary work in the field of algorithmic
composition by the Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl, has now been released
as a stand-alone application for PowerPC and 68040 Apple Macintosh

LEXIKON-SONATE is a work-in-progress which was started in 1992. Instead of
being  a composition in which the structure is fixed by notation, it
manifests itself as a computer program that composes the piece - or, more
precisely: an excerpt of a virtually endless piano piece - in real
time. Lexikon-Sonate lacks two characteristics of a traditional piano

       there is no pre-composed text to be interpreted, and
       there is no need for a pianist or an interpreter.

Instead, the instructions for playing the piano - the indication "which
should be pressed how quickly and held down for how long" - are directly
generated by a computer program and transmitted immediately to a player
piano (or a MIDI synthesizer) which executes them.

Version 2.0 of LEXIKON-SONATE comes with a newly designed user interface
which gives you enhanced interactivity control facilities. It allows you -
so to speak - to play a complex piano piece on the keyboard of your

Web versions

For all those who want to listen to the LEXIKON-SONATE on the Internet,
there are several specially designed web version of the piece ranking from
MIDI to RealAudio. Guide your browser to:

if you wish to listen to the piece online.

System requirements

LEXIKON-SONATE runs on 68040 or PowerPC Apple Macintosh computers under
OS 7.x / 8.x. It can either control an external MIDI instrument (like the
Yamaha Disklavier, a sampler, or a MIDI synthesizer with a good piano
sound), or it plays directly through the Macintosh's built-in speaker. The
later option needs Quicktime 2.5 - for improved sound quality the use of
the new Quicktime 3.0 is highly recommended.


LEXIKON-SONATE is a free-ware computer program and can be downloaded from:

On this page you will also find more information about this piece and its
underlying ideas.

   Dr. Karlheinz Essl - Composer
   Vienna / Austria
   Studio for Advanced Music & Media Technology


Date:    Wed, 4 Mar 1998 15:13:41 -0400
From:    Howard Harawitz 
Subject: "Composing Interactive Music"


As someone new to Max (and Macs) I was very much interested in hearing
about the publication of "Composing Interactive Music" by Todd Winkler.

FYI -- I called MIT Press to order the book, but was informed that
scheduled for publication in February it wasn't actually ready for
yet. However, they are taking orders and will ship as soon as it is



>Date:    Thu, 26 Feb 1998 09:52:14 -0500
>From:    todd_winkler@BROWN.EDU
>Subject: Composing Interactive Music
>               Announcing the publication of a new book from MIT Press
>Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas Using Max
>by Todd Winkler
Howard Harawitz, President 
Brooklyn North Software Works, Inc.
Purdy's Wharf, Tower 2, Suite 1703
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  B3J 3R7
Telephone: 1-902-423-0257      FAX: 1-902-425-0731


End of MAX Digest - 3 Mar 1998 to 4 Mar 1998