Subject: MAX Digest - 17 Jul 1999 to 18 Jul 1999 (#1999-214)
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 00:00:00 -0400
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Topics of the day:

  1. Books (2)
  2. Further to: Scriabin, Synaesthesia, and Software...
  3. powerbook 160


Date:Sat, 17 Jul 1999 23:24:34 -0600
From:Jonah Prior <jonahp@5.CO.NZ>
Subject: Re: Books

>> I'm a real newbie at MAX. Are there any books worth looking at besides th=
>> Manual?
>Todd Winkler, Composing Interactive Music Using Max
>with CD-ROM for Macintosh
>ISBN 0-262-231193-X
>With really a lot of experience in interactive jobs! Not quite a tutorial.


Personally I found the book terrible.



Date:Sun, 18 Jul 1999 08:23:43 +0200
From:Peter Castine <pcastine@PRZ.TU-BERLIN.DE>
Subject: Further to: Scriabin, Synaesthesia, and Software...

Further to my comment of yesterday:
>TTBOMK, no. You can modify the color mapping used by Max, but I don't know
>that you can increase the number of colors.

Antiorp (at least, I think it's her, hard to to be certain with the
chameleon-like e-mail addresses:) pointed out to me that


would be relevant and I take the liberty of passing this information on
to the list (and to Rich).



PS: I neglected to quote the entirety of the message received... it was
short and charming, but almost embarassing. But I will pass it on to
anyone on max-l who's interested.

Dr. Peter Castine| I am very pleased to announce that the
4-15 Music & Technology| 26th International Computer Music Conference
| will take place in Berlin in the year 2000.
| We look forward to seeing you here!


Date:Sun, 18 Jul 1999 12:27:03 +0200
From:Øyvind Brandtsegg <obrandts@ONLINE.NO>
Subject: Re: powerbook 160

Generally the PB160 should run fairly complex max patches really nice.
However, I'm a bit uncertain about how well it will work synced to midi clock.
It might work well, but you will probably experience a lack of CPU overhead for max
processing, because midi clock comes in at a steady and fairly intensive rate, your
PB will be quite busy receiving it. I've done similar things on my PB540 with 20 Meg
RAM, and I don't dare to even touch the mouse while the sequence is playing.
As a conclusion I'd say it's *do-able* but not exactly *safe*,
but I do it live
(brave boy, ... or stupid )


Ben Nevile wrote:

> I asked a question a while back about low budget laptops that can handle Max,
> and now I need the list's considerable Mac expertise to help me assess the value
> and usefulness of a particular machine. I have the opportunity to purchase a
> powerbook 160 (68030, 25Mhz, 10 MB ram, system 7.5.3) for about $250 Canadian.
> A good deal? Does Max's timing suffer on these older machines? With only 10MB
> of ram, will patch complexity be an issue?
> Max is really all I want the laptop for. I'm looking at creating a fairly
> complex patch or series of patches that sync themselves with a drum machine
> that's outputting midi clock.
> Thanks for your input.
> bbn


Date:Sun, 18 Jul 1999 07:17:03 -0400
From:bizarro <bizarro@TIR.COM>
Subject: Re: Books

Jonah Prior wrote:

> >Todd Winkler, Composing Interactive Music Using Max
> >with CD-ROM for Macintosh
> >ISBN 0-262-231193-X
> >
> Personally I found the book terrible.

I wouldn't exactly say terrible.

I did think it didn't offer anything substantially new nor were the patches
particularily stimulating.

More than half of them seem to be re-writes of the tutorial/help patches.

I believe the original poster was looking for something for instruction.

It <might> be useful in those circumstances.



End of MAX Digest - 17 Jul 1999 to 18 Jul 1999 (#1999-214)