Introduction to Computer Music

Learning MSP

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  1. Max 8 logoWhat is MSP? {WP}
    MSP is the audio component of Cycling '74's Max
  2. Documentation & Tutorials
  3. Reading
  4. What can you make with MSP?
  5. Patchers for Study
  6. Analysis Software
  7. Video Tutorials
  8. MSP Externals & Abstractions
  9. Digital Audio Theory Online


Burk, Phil, Larry Polansky, Douglas Repetto, Mary Roberts and Dan Rockmore. 2011. Music and Computers:
      A Theoretical and Historical Approach
, Archival Version. Hannover, NH. {E-book}

Cipriani, Alessandro and Maurizio Giri. 2010 & 2014. Electronic Music and Sound Design Theory and Practice with Max and MSP, Volumes 1-2. Contemponet {Website; GBd1; GBd2}

Collins, Karen, Bill Kapralos, and Holly Tessler, eds. 2016. The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio. New York: Oxford.

Cook, Perry, ed. 1999. Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound: An Introduction to Psychoacoustics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press {GBd}

Cycling '74. 2014. Max 8 Documentation. Available online at: <>.

Dodge, Charles and Thomas A. Jerse. 1997/1985. Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition and Performance, 2nd ed. New York: Schirmer. {GB}

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

_________. Tutorials for Max/MSP/Jitter. Available online at: <>.

Hass, Jeffery. 2013. Introduction to Computer Music, Vol. 1. Available online at: <>.

Hermann, T., A. Hunt and J. G. Neuhoff, eds. 2011. The Sonification Handbook. Berlin: Logos Publishing House. {Website}

Lyon, Eric. 2012. Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd. Middleton, WI: A-R Editions. {GB}

Moore, F. Richard. 1990. Elements of Computer Music. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. {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. {GBd | Oxford | Companion Website | EAMIR}

Puckette, Miller. 2007. The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music (With Examples in Pd). World Scientific Press. {Website | pdf; GB}

Roads, Curtis. 1996. The Computer Music Tutorial. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. {GB}

Smith, Julius O Smith. 2019. Introduction to Digital Filters. {CCRMA}

________________. 2019. Mathematics of the Discrete Fourier Transform, 2/e {CCRMA}

Updated: November 10, 2019

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music