Subject: MAX Digest - 7 Mar 1998 to 8 Mar 1998
Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 00:00:20 -0500
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There are 4 messages totalling 214 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Composing Interactive Music is Available
  2. Realtime Composition Library for MAX - new release
  3. Off Topic?
  4. MAX for NeXT


Date:    Sun, 8 Mar 1998 00:40:03 -0500
From:    todd_winkler@BROWN.EDU
Subject: Composing Interactive Music is Available

My book, "Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas Using Max," is
currently available from MIT Press. Several people have already received
their orders. You can view the table of contents, and order directly from
the MIT Press website at:

I welcome any comments or suggestions about the book.



Date:    Sun, 8 Mar 1998 08:04:47 +0100
From:    "Dr. Karlheinz Essl" 
Subject: Realtime Composition Library for MAX - new release

Dear MAXers!

I just want to inform you that version 3.2 of my "Realtime Composition
Library for MAX" has been released.

Downloading information can be obtained from:

Karlheinz Essl
Real Time Composition Library (1992-98) vs. 3.2


This software library - a collection of patches for MAX - offers the
possibility to experiment with a number of compositional techniques, such
as serial procedures, permutations and controlled randomness. Most of these
objects are geared towards straightforward processing of data. By using
these specialized objects together in a patch, programming becomes much
more clear and easy. Many functions that are often useful in algorithmic
composition are provided with this library - therefore the composer could
concentrate rather on the composition than the programming aspects.

The library consists of "abstractions" (MAX-patches that appear as objects)
and external objects. Most of them were written by myself, but there are
also contributions from other authors like Gerhard Eckel (GMD / St.
Augustin), Serge Lemouton (IRCAM / Paris), Orm Finnendahl (HDK / Berlin),
James McCartney (namely his generic list objects), and Peter Elsea's (UCSC)
selected list objects from his Lobjects library. Because the library
objects are highly dependent on each other, it is recommended not to take
them apart.

The development of the "Real Time Composition Library" (RTC-lib) was
started during my extensive work on LEXIKON-SONATE (1992 ff.), an
interactive realtime composition for computer- controlled MIDI-piano.
Regardless the fact that it was conceived for a concrete project it became
more and more obvious that its functionalities are open and generic enough
to be used by other composers in different compositional contexts. Although
- from the theoretical point of view - based on paradigms which have been
extracted from serial thinking - and its further developments until
nowadays it does not force towards a certain aesthetic, but provides a
programming environment for testing and developing musical strategies.
Please note that "serial" has here another connotation than it usually has
(especially in the US): "serial" here refers to a certain way of musical
thinking rather then dodecaphonic techniques, which have been abandoned by
the serial theory itself (cf. Gottfried Michael Koenig and Karlheinz

The "Real Time Composition Library" runs under MAX 2.5.2, MAX 3.0 and MAX
3.5. It comes with a Hypertext-like on-line help which gives you a perfect
overview on the library objects and their multiple relationships. In
version 3.2, some new objects are added, some objects have been enhanced
and some bugs have been fixed. New features of MAX 3.5 are also taken into
account (seedable random generators, window appearance etc.) as well as the
new Quicktime Musical Instruments of Quicktime 3.0. Please refer to the
release notes for more information.

All externals that come with the RTC-lib have been reimplemented into FAT
code thanks to the efforts of Richard Dudas (IRCAM, Paris), Peter Elsea
(University of California, Santa Cruz) and Serge Lemouton (IRCAM, Paris).
So it will run on both 68k and - optimized! - on PowerPC Apple Macintosh

Release Notes of RTC-lib 3.2 (March 1998)
Changes to Version 3.1


All random-based objects of the RTC-lib can now be seeded (works only with
MAX 3.5). A global output device (MIDI or Qicktime) can be selected for all
RTC-help patches. Furthermore, the new "Quicktime Musical Instruments" of
the upcoming "Quicktime 3.0" have been considered.

As always, this library includes several projects that I have carried out
by using the RTC-lib:

   * Lexikon-Sonate 2.0 (1992-98) for computer-controlled piano
   * Lexicon-Oracle 2.0 (1996-98) for computer speech
   * Interferences DEMO (1996-98) for Quicktime percussion sounds

New objects

* VolAmb: volume ambitus can be controlled by a single controller device
  as an expression pedal)
* panning: equal power panning (after John Chowning - court. of Iain Mott )
* CDtrack: plays a single track of a CD, displaying the track duration
* countdown: counts down the number a certain number of seconds
* max-overdrive: turns Overdrive mode on or off
* max-menubar: turns the menubar on or off
* max-quit: quits MAX (only works with MAX 3.5)
* rtc-device: sets the global output device for the RTC-lib's help patches
* rtc-seed: seeds the random-based objects of the RTC-lib
* key-bang: sends out a bang if a certain key is pressed
* ms2sec: converts milliseconds in seconds and rounds the result to certain
  number of decimal places
* ED2EP: converts ED (= entry delays) into EP (= entry points)

Changed object

* ED-trans (vs. 1.2): stop message stops process immediately
* trans-log (vs. 4.1): initialization bug fixed
* random-ramp (vs. 1.1): slight performance improvement
* sel-princ (vs. 4): selection principle "rota" added
* scramble: now REALLY works with 256 elements (thanks to Richard Dudas)
* play2 (vs. 3): gives access to all 128 GM Instruments when using Quicktime
  3.0; "pick" message sent to the rightmost inlet lets you change
  via Instrument Picker dialog
* QT-PercPlayer (vs. 1.1): allows accessing additional percussion
  of Quicktime 3.0

Finally, I want to thank Peter Elsea (University of California, Santa
Cruz), Richard Dudas (IRCAM, Paris) and Iain Mott (Conservatorium of Music
Tasmania, Australia) for their contributions to this release.

Cheers, and happy MAXin'


Date:    Sun, 8 Mar 1998 03:01:00 -0500
From:    Nicholas Longo <71477.2332@COMPUSERVE.COM>
Subject: Off Topic?

Here's a possibly not-so-off topic post.

March 4, 1998

Contact: Ben White
(808) 885-7295

Protesters Halt Navy Tests--For Now

Opponents of the U.S. Navy's plan to blast humpback whales with deafening
levels of low-frequency sound succeeded yesterday in stopping the Navy
from going forward.  As planned, activists were in the water near a Navy
research vessel so the incredibly high-decibel sound source was not
employed (the test cannot proceed while human swimmers are nearby).

Fifteen miles off the northern Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, the
Animal Welfare Institute's Ben White and local activist Miguel Hughes
immersed themselves in the ocean near the Navy ship Cory Chouest, from
which the intense, lung-shearing beams of sound were to be projected.
White held aloft a boathook with two flags attached: one, an earth flag,
and the other, the state flag of Hawaii.

The planned test is to take place in the middle of the whales' calving and
breeding area, at the height of their calving and breeding season.  Aside
from the severe injury and distress the targeted whales could suffer from
the blasts of sound, the test could seriously impair the whales'
reproductive behavior, increasing the jeopardy this highly endangered
species is in.

Today, the coalition of environmentalists, scientists, and animal
advocates who condemn the testing are bringing the fight back to the
courtroom at 10 a.m., U.S. District Court Judge Helen Gilmor will again
consider whether to grant an injunction against the Navy.  Should the
court attempt fail, White said, "we'll have a boat out at all times, and
cycle volunteers so that there's always someone in the water."  Another
possibility is to bring musicians out, to play music into the water
frustrating the Navy's effort to detect the singing humpbacks.

NOTE: Film footage and still pictures--including uplinkable digital
images--are available on request.


Date:    Sun, 8 Mar 1998 04:23:56 -0500
From:    j_p_m 
Subject: MAX for NeXT

Does anyone know where I can get MAX for NeXT os ,
and will that version run on Openstep / Rhapsody ?
vocod'o'rama :


End of MAX Digest - 7 Mar 1998 to 8 Mar 1998