Introduction to Computer Music

Learning Max

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Tutorials: Max Basics | MSP Basics | Max/MSP Videos | Max 8 Docs

  1. Max 8 logoWhat is Max?
  2. Download Max
  3. Documentation & Tutorials
  4. Program of Study
  5. Other Resources

Online Course

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

More Programming Examples

See the following books: Winkler 1998, Cipriani and Giri 2014, Elsea 2013, Manzo 2016

Christopher Dobrian (UC Davis)

Peter Elsea (UC Santa Cruz), Tutorials for Max/MSP {}

C74 GitHub Repositories {GitHub}


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. 2018. Max 8 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}

Rowe, Robert. 1993. Interactive Music Systems. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. {Online ed.: NYU}

Wright, Matt. 2017. "Programming Max: Structuring Interactive Software for Digital Arts. A Kadenza online course. {Kadenza}

Updated: November 10, 2019

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music