Op­code Sys­tems Max (1990)

Computer Music - - Make Mu­sic Now -

Now in its sev­enth gen­er­a­tion, this com­pre­hen­sive graph­i­cal pro­gram­ming lan­guage for mu­sic and mul­ti­me­dia was orig­i­nally writ­ten in the mid-1980s by Miller Puck­ette at IR­CAM. Op­code li­censed it and re­leased a com­mer­cial of Max ver­sion in 1990. They, in turn, even­tu­ally passed it on to Cy­cling ’74, while Puck­ette him­self re­leased the sim­i­lar (and free) Pure Data in 1996. Cy­cling ‘74 de­vel­oped Max for two decades be­fore they them­selves were bought by Able­ton, whose Max for Live is tightly in­te­grated within their pop­u­lar DAW. A thriv­ing com­mu­nity of Max and Max for Live de­vel­op­ers con­tin­ues to cre­ate and share all man­ner of clever tools de­signed with the pro­gram. It’s not the eas­i­est ap­pli­ca­tion to get your head around, but those that can grok it have ac­cess to an in­fi­nite cre­ative play­ground.

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