“unfinished” – Max/Msp live patch

screenshot of the unfinished max/msp live processing patch

I have been a user of Cycling 74’s Max/Msp/Jitter for many years now. A good deal of my composition work is basically developing Max patches to create music and sound (and video sometimes).

For my performance at the Moozak festival in Vienna I have been doing some work on the Max/Msp patch which I use for live performances and recording my music. As this is an ongoing effort (for some 10 years now) and projects like this will never end the appropriate name the software seems “unfinished”.

The current incarnation features 5 modules: sample re-synthesis (2x), sinewave synth, fm synth, live processing (for the bass guitar). This version is also capable of diffusing sound into multiple audio channels (via the well known max spatialisation object “vbap”).

Besides all the programming effort a real challenge for this kind of software is to create a user interface that makes sense in a live performance situation i.e. making it reactive, flexible and intuitive to use on stage.

After using a Midi controller for some years I have now switched to an iPad as a controller for user interaction (see this post).

Also new in this version is a Softstep Midi foot controller mainly for switching the bass guitar effect section. The Softstep is pretty nice, light and fairly easy to use although the software is kind of buggy (didn’t have time to fully investigate this).

However, here are some screenshots for a behind the scenes view of this latest version of “unfinished”.