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Max/MSP Tasks

Breaking Glass Task

Task 5 Name: Breaking Glass Task Set: w5i Due: w13i Weighting: assessable (15%) Courses: cmc2a
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Task Summary All CMC2a tasks VLE

This task involves an idea based on granular procedures.

A few examples

The Task

  • Get the above patch working, try using other sounds and different but related ideas.
  • As well as your variations, try and answer the following questions:
    • Explain how the three parameters, 'range', 'cluster' and 'instensity' work.
    • The three control sliders are held within a 'bpatcher'. What is this and why is it used?
    • Explain how the objects polybuffer~ and poly~ work in this example.

  • Demonstrate and document your patch.

  • Make a demo recording of your patch working. Please keep the size down to a minimum (maximum duration of about 10 seconds). Use adoutput~ for the easiest way of doing this:

    record a demo

  • Make a screencast of you demonstrating and, if appropriate, performing with your patch. It's easy to do this using Quicktime Player on Mac computers. Choose File/New Screen Recording.

  • Please ensure that, in as far as you are able, your patches work immediately they are opened. If your patch or patches use audio files, include short samples that are 'preloaded', (but also include methods for loading user samples, too). Include functioning presets.

  • Added value
    By completing the details of the task you will achieve at least a pass mark. By imaginatively and creatively considering how you might implement the task originally you can add value to your submission, and this added value may increase your mark significantly. Even when making videos of short demonstration tasks try to consider musical and performance criteria.


  • Compress (zip) your patches, demos, etc. into one file called your_student_number_"breaking_glass" (e.g. 0504335_breaking_glass.zip), include a readme with your name and student number and, if necessary, how to use or just open the patch.
  • Submit a copy of the files to the i-Centre on 2pm Tuesday December 19th 2017

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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.