The music journey – Making an album (week 20)

Another week done, which was a very productive week, with a focus. Learning MAX MSP. I have always had the goal learning to really get into MAX, and finally being a bit more fluent with it. It was also a big part of my original concept for the album.

I have already built a looper with the help of some excellent YouTube video’s. More on this in these blogs, 1, 2 .

Besides the Looper I have always had the idea of controlling my Eurorack via MAX MSP, and add some other things to the Eurorack. Like Oscillators and so on and record and edit the results.

The learning curve proved to be a bit steep and didn’t yield any more direct results which I could easily incorporate into music making. Besides that I frequently got distracted by other gear and options.

This week has seen a return to the original idea and the tasks at hand needed to get there. Starting with the excellent book  Step by Step which covers the topic on building sequencers with MAX Msp. I have written about this previously.

And I have done a fair bit of reading done already, but in order to get to grips with MAX more thoroughly I need to work on it every week, not just a few sessions in between other sessions. So I need to plan at least a session every week. Otherwise I need te reacquaint myself every time, which is a waste of time.

Besides the work on Max I have taken some time reading music magazines and reorganizing my sample collection.

Time really moves fast on projects like these and I still need more time than I think I need and run out of it faster. This is not always easy, but I still have fun every time I get going, which I really enjoy.