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Max/MSP Tasks

The Munger Task

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Task Summary All CMP tasks

Munger~ is a Max/MSP external that granularises an input according to certain parameters. It's especially interesting to us as the external has been ported to SuperCollider and we'll spend some time comparing the two implementations and their effectiveness.

munger object

It is a part of the Percolate collection of synthesis, signal processing, and image processing objects, available with source code from here.

There's an example of the munger in use by Dan Trueman who designed it here, and the score of the piece is here.

To cover:

This also has ramifications concerning:

  • Granularisation
  • the Munger in SC
  • fofb~
  • fog~

The Task

  • When you're familiar with the object (check out the help file, try the presets and test the controls - be careful, this isn't the most stable of objects so save regularly!) take a soundfile and compose a creative and interesting short composition based on the object. It should be no longer than one minute in duration.
  • Note especially the parameters that are used - we will look at a port of the object into SC in another part of the course.
  • Have a look at the other Percolate objects - there are some interesting ones!
  • 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_"Munger" (e.g. 0504335_Munger.zip or 0504335_Munger.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:

  • Granularisation
  • Voice synthesis

The Tasks/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.