Exploring MaxMSP
Region Skåne & IAC
16 November 2022 - 18 November 2022

Max is a visual programming software environment for creating interactive sound, graphics, video and computer works. As the demand for artists and creators to become more technically able increases, and the possibilities of stage and music technology grows, there is an increasing interest in learning tools like Max that can empower stage, music and dance creatives with the skills to play with and powerfully utilise technology in their own creations. Max is not a tool that does one specific thing, rather it is a tool that facilitates artists to understand technology in ways more related to their own way of thinking and to broaden their competencies in the process.

From 16 to 18 November, Inter Arts Center, in collaboration with Region Skåne, is hosting public lectures for anyone who wants to know what Max has to offer for creatives interested in exploring software-based interactions and connections.

The lectures offer both an introduction to various ways of working with Max as well as an opportunity to meet Max users from different areas. On Friday evening we conclude and celebrate with a concert by Collettivo_21! All lectures are held in English.


The registration date for the open lectures has passed. Feel free to join the open lectures via Zoom.

ZOOM SCREENING: Follow the open lectures on Zoom by clicking the following link!

16 November, 10:00-11:30, Red Room .
CANCELLED due to illness! Open Lecture #1 – Max in Performing Arts, with Viktor Dahl
With a foundation in his research on Hartmut Rosa’s ‘Uncontrollability’ as a prism for developing sound design tools in MAX, Viktor Dahl will introduce some of the ideas and patches he has developed to go alongside the usual tools used for performing arts: digital mixers, sound interfaces and QLab. Starting from his own experience creating living sound designs for theatre, he will introduce tools that will add to the additional toolset of the sounddesigner and help further unfold the potential of QLab, multichannel sound systems and live-inputs on stage.

Read more about Viktor Dahl here.

17 November, 10:00-11:30, Red Room
Open Lecture #2 – Max and Music, with Luca Guidarini. ‘Different approaches for different needs’.
Since the first releases of the software, Max/Msp had fascinated numerous musicians to use it as the main interface to use for a piece of music. This practice, since the 90s, established a practical tradition that in the last 30 years grew even more. After a brief historical contextualization, this conference will focus on different usages of the software in both compositional and performative practices of different composers, with different musical needs and exploring their realization of it. The example will be extract from practices of computer-aided composition, spatialized audio and live electronics, sensor-based music performance.

Did you miss the Open Lecture #2? Open Luca Guidarini’s presentation here!

Read more about Luca Guidarini here.

18 November, 10:00-11:30, Red Room
Open Lecture #3 – Max Interactions, a panel talk with Freja Andersson, Alessandro Perini and Tim Bishop
A panel discussion about ways of integrating Max with other software and hardware. The discussion will revolve around Alessandro, Freja and Tim’s use of Max to create custom interactions with lighting systems, sensors, motors, tracking systems, and more.

Read more about Freja Andersson here.

Read more about Alessandro Perini here.

Read more about Tim Bishop here.

18 November, 19:00, Red Room
Concert with Collettivo_21, presented in collaboration with Sound Spaces

Flute, piano and electronics
Created by Collettivo_21

F__eP__oE__s is a project that aims to promote a contemporary production that contemplates an extended vision of the timbre and instrumental possibilities of the flute and piano duo, with the implementation of electronics. This project is based on the concept of electronics not as an addition or ornament, but as an integral part of the proposed programme, which is therefore configured as a true trio, in which the three instruments interface as equals, generating through their combinations a change of perspective on the use of the instruments themselves.

Read more about Collettivo_21 and the programme here.


The lectures, panel discussion and concert are open to everyone, but to participate, please register under the respective lecture by 14 November. The open lectures will also be available to follow online, with links published here and, in the Facebook-event by November 14th.

Any questions? Please contact info@iac.lu.se.

Visit Region Skåne’s webpage – utveckling.skane.se

Image/Screenshot: Max/MSP software programme with parts created by IRCAM, used for the performance work “Blackout” by Tim Bishop.



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