Introduction to Computer Music

Learning Max

MUSC 336 | Learning: Max | MIDI | MSP

Max Tutorial Guide | MSP Tutorial Guide

  1. What is Max?
  2. Documentation & Tutorials
  3. Reading
  4. Program of Study
  5. Other Resources

Further Study

Christopher Dobrian, Interactive Arts Programming Examples {UC Irvine}

Peter Elsea, Max Tutorials

Matt Wright (Stanford), Programming Max: Structuring Interactive Software for Digital Arts {Kadenza}


Cipriani, Alessandro and Maurizio Giri. 2010/2014. Electronic Music and Sound Design Theory and Practice with Max/MSP,
      Volumes 1 & 2. Contemponet {GBd 1; GBd2; Website}

Cycling '74. 2015. Max 7 Documentation. Available online at: <>.

Elsea, Peter. 2013. The Art and Technique of Electroacoustic Music. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions. {GB}

Manzo, V.J. 2016. Max/MSP/Jitter for Music: A Practical Guide to Developing Interactive Music Systems for Education and More, 2nd ed. New York, Oxford. {GB | Oxford | Companion Website | EAMIR}

Manzo, V.J. and Will Kuhn. 2015. Interactive Composition: Strategies Using Ableton Live and Max for Live. New York, Oxford. {GB}

Winkler, Todd. 1998. Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas Using Max. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. {GB}

Rothwell, Nick. 2015. "Cycling ’74 Max 7: Media Programming Environment For Mac OS & Window." SoundOnSound (April 2015). {SOS}

Wright, Matt. 2017. "Programming Max: Structuring Interactive Software for Digital Arts. A Kadenza online course. Available online at: <>.

Updated: September 26, 2017

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music