Computer Music Workshop

The Max Computer Music Workshop (MCMW) is a two-week intensive workshop, during the Charlotte New Music Festival, focused on programming and composing interactive computer music, using the Max visual programming environment. Faculty present a range of computer music topics, including the theory and application of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and OSC (Open Sound Control) data input, output, processing, storage, and sequencing, event timing and ordering, digital audio input, output, synthesis, recording, looping, processing, and spatialization, and the composition of interactive computer music. Participants program patches for interactive computer music, and perform their compositions in a public performance at the end of the workshop.
(Charles Nichols and Ronald Parks, faculty | Jessica Lindsey and Matt Postle, guest musicians)

The workshop is intended for composers, performers, and programmers with some experience in computer music or computer programming.

Selection for the Max Computer Music Workshop is competitive, limited to 12 participants.

Daily schedule:
9 am – 12 pm: interactive computer music and Max programming lectures
12-1 pm: lunch
1-3 pm: CNMF guest composer and ensemble presentations
3-6 pm: Max programming lab
6-7 pm: dinner
7:30 pm: CNMF concerts

Participants in this workshop:
– Work with professional resident musicians to develop interactive computer music compositions and performances,
– Compose and perform interactive computer music for laptop ensembles,
– Build software synthesizers, samplers, and audio effects processors,
– Control audio recording, looping, and processing with music controllers, game controllers, smart phones, and tablets,
– Perform in the MCMW concert of the Charlotte New Music Festival,
– Receive audio and video recordings of their work

Workshop fee:

Dorm accommodations are available for double occupancy for $550 or single occupancy for $925. We can match you with a roommate if you opt for double occupancy.

Queens University of Charlotte

Participants can park at the dorm parking lot, or in garages near Robinson Hall.

Participants should bring their own laptop with Max installed, headphones, and any computer music controllers they own. We strongly suggest that participants work through Max tutorials before the workshop.

To apply:

15 May 2019