Just a quick blog post on a Max for Live patch I had been working on which I have provided a free download of, the video of the patch is below , music is by very talented Ilkae-(track titled “KK”) be sure to check his music out.
This patch was inspired by Masato Tsutsui who would be one of my favourite programmers/digital artists. By following his two tutorials which are linked at the end of the post , I was able to use the feed from my webcam as a texture, which was then made audio reactive in Ableton Live 9.6.
I advise you to watch both of his tutorials because he explains on how to use a webcam feed as a texture better than I can even though his tutorials are in Japanese ! .
After completing his two tutorials , I decided to continue on and make the patch both audio reactive and to be able to work in Ableton live as a Max for Live patch.
I have covered how to create a basic audio reactive Max for Live patch here and here, this same method is used to make the relevant shape audio reactive.
I have included the Max for Live patch as a free download .
The patch will be in presentation mode , to view patching mode press the yellow button as displayed in the image below. By pressing cmd+E you will unlock the patch.
I have commented the patch to try help explain some parts of it , if you have any questions feel free to ask , thank you for reading this post.
To install the patch
Open up Ableton Live
Select the Master Channel
Drag and drop the .amxd file into the effects
Drag in a track into any audio channel
Press the toggle to start the patch and select open to start the webcam
Play an audio file and view the screen (esc will put the screen into fullscreen mode)
Over the last two years my interest in digital art and creative coding has increased. Initially I started using VVVV and this was used in my Level 7 degree final year project, where an Ableton Live user could trigger both video and audio simultaneously using a MIDI device I developed on the iPad using Lemur. Assigning the same MIDI control change message to both Audio and Video both could be played at the same time using just the one laptop.
With VVVV just supporting Windows Direct X , upon purchasing a Macbook Pro , I began to learn Max MSP and Jitter , which was used to develop my Level 8 degree final year college project in music production. Jitter was a steep learning curve for me and the attendance of a 4 day workshop on creative coding at the Digital Arts Studio in Belfast was extremely beneficial for me. For my Final Year Project I created a max for live patch which would enable Ableton live users to have a simple visual element to their performances. Using audio analysis, the audio from Ableton Live was used to animated the selected gridshape in Max for Live. This patch was MIDI controllable using any recognised hardware MIDI controller.
Over the last month , I began to work on a several pieces , which can be seen in the collage above. Computer generated art I suppose you could call it.
Thanks for reading this post , the next one will be on Electronica music production.