Max/MSP/Jitter

My latest venture into interactive/new media and something I’ve been wanting to do since I left London many moons ago. Max/MSP/Jitter uses patches to construct audio/visual interfaces which respond to live and recorded data. I have been working with some of the tutorials and the ones I have found the most useful so far are the two shown above.

The first behaves very much like the old iTunes visualiser, drawing shapes in response to audio amplitude. The second behaves like theremin, changing pitch according to the RGB values captured through the laptop’s camera.

It’s a start, I’m looking forward to seeing what else Max can do, will also hope to share some video examples too.

Litanies

I am currently working on a collaborative piece based upon the French composer and organist Jehan Alain’s seminal piece – Litanies.

I first heard this piece in 2013 during a tour with Simon Brett and a choir at Exeter Cathedral, UK. I have heard it a few times since then and have subsequently felt inspired to work on an animation based upon this  piece.

The piece, composed in 1939 in the atonal style, is influenced on a train journey and later dedicated to one of  Alain’s sisters who died tragically in a climbing accident not soon after the piece was created.

The self-similar repetition of the musical phrases lends itself to the reiteration of a visual fractal, hence my interest and keenness to work with this piece.

Simon Brett played Litanies as the finale to his organ recital at Dunblane Cathedral in July 2015 – the recording  of this is the audio soundtrack to my project. My thanks to Simon and everyone up there for this.

I have been working Mandelbulber and have tonight found some amazing images:

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gniklat – That’s talking backwards…

I’m in the throes of learning the Jabberwocky’s words backwards. As Alice read the book by looking at its reflection in the mirror, I am trying to get the same audio effect by reciting the poem backwards, then reversing it. I remember a similar technique done through David Lynch’s Twin Peaks character The Man From Another Place.