A cueing sound file player with reverb – now iPhone controllable.
This is a little Max/MSP patch which plays stereo AIFF sound files on cue, with up to 10 playing at any one time. Additionally it takes two mono inputs and can apply some basic reverb using IRCAM’s “Spat” system. To use this you need to have either a full copy of cycling74’s Max/MSP or the free Max/MSP Runtime application on your computer – this is available to download here.
Please note I haven’t had time to update this patch to version 6 of Max, so please use Max 5 (still available on the “older versions” page of the cycling74 site) until I get a chance to do so.
To use it name your sound files 1.aif, 2.aif, 3.aif etc. and place them in a folder along with this patch. Ideally include a silent file called silence.aif which is at least as long as your piece – this makes the elapsed time clock work and prevents your computer’s hard drive from sleeping between long gaps in performance, but it’s not essential. Open the patch, turn sound processing on, hit the “load” button and you’re ready to go. Spacebar and an input MIDI sustain pedal down message (control 64) duplicate the function of the “next” button.The Home key duplicates the “back one”, Page Down key duplicates “repeat” and End duplicates “forward one” . The “reset” and “goto cue” controls should be self explanatory. For communication with other equipment the patch also sends out a MIDI note every time the “next” button is hit.
The reverb controls are accessed by double-clicking on the object “Spat_Oper source1”
This patch is now also controllable via a wireless network with an iPhone using the free iTM MidiLab application – available at the iTunes app store here. You’ll need to be running iTouchMidi on the computer running the patch and then connect computer and iPhone to the same network – for more information about this go to the iTouchMidi website. Once connected use the 4×4 control – any top row button duplicates “next” and the bottom row duplicates “back”, “repeat”, “forward” and “reset”.
Stockhausen “Solo” – a computer realisation .
A selection of Max/MSP patches for perfomances of Stockhausen’s remarkable and beautiful “SOLO für Melodie-Instrument mit Rückkopplung” (Nr. 19 1965/1966). This piece is published by Universal Edition (ISMN 979-0-008-02668-3).
Please note I haven’t had time to update these patches to version 6 of Max, so please use Max 5 (still available on the “older versions” page of the cycling74 site) until I get a chance to do so.
The patches provide a computer realisation of the delay and feedback system that was originally based on analogue tape as well as allowing for a small selection of sound treatments that might prove suitable in performance. There is a separate patch for each of the “Formscheme Versions” 1 – 6 which range in duration from 10’39.8″ to 19’5″.
Some familiarity with Max/MSP and getting sound in and out of it would be helpful to use them. The patches were written and tested using version 5.0.2 (34989) on an Intel Mac running system 10.6.2. As well as a computer with two monitors and high quality audio interface a programmable MIDI fader bank is need for control (I originally used a Novation 0SL) as well as a decent external mixing desk feeding the PA system.