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Max/MSP Tasks

The Granularisation Task

Task Name: Set: Due: Weighting: Courses:
Task Summary All CMP tasks

A task involving the granularisation and reformation of soundfiles and buffers.

To cover:

  • What is granulation?
  • Variety of resources within Max (and elsewhere - cf SC and Reaktor)

This also has ramifications concerning:

  • fof~ (vocal sounds - why?)

The Task

  • Download the Granular Task patch.
  • Open in it Max and ensure that all objects are available and working. Check the Max window for errors and other messages. Note that this patch is not very stable - choose an object or some objects and start your own patch!
  • Review each object by checking out the associated help file.
  • Choose one or more objects to work with.
  • Using the features involved in each object, create a short, automated composition lasting no more than a minute demonstrating one or more of these features. For instance, you might simply record your own voice and then manipulate it.
  • Include full instructions for how to use your patch within the patch itself.

  • Make a demo recording of your patch working. Please keep the size down to a minimum (maximum duration approximately 30 seconds). Use adoutput~ for the easiest way of doing this:
    record a demo


  • Zip or Stuff your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"Grain" (e.g. 0504335_Grain.zip or 0504335_Grain.sit), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch, and submit the whole thing here.

You might also be interested in:

  • Student Examples.
  • the Percolate objects.

The Projects

The projects and tasks are designed to help you through the various courses and materials that you'll have to deal with, and also to provide an active and practical element to what could otherwise become a rather dry and technical exercise. Tasks are small exercises - you may be asked to complete one or two per week. Projects are larger and carry a higher percentage of the mark. We will undertake two, three, four or more projects and tasks. The final project is usually an individual choice project, and will be worth significantly more than the others in terms of percentages in your portfolio. We will usually try to set aside a time to perform the projects in a public setting.