These slides, along with examples of student work, were presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Technology Day last month. The presentation highlighted different ways to incorporate technology into a middle school music curriculum. I spoke about examples of technology that I have used, plan to use, and hope to use in my new position at Nanuet Public Schools.
One of the featured pieces of technology was the Exploration Patch for General Music.
I built this patch using Max for my 6th grade general music classes. It is an open environment in which the students can learn about amplitude, frequency, and waveforms by exploring and experimenting with the objects in the patch. The video below is a demonstration of the patch’s different features. For a download of the patch, which runs in the free Max Runtime environment, or a standalone application for Apple computers, please contact me or leave a comment on this post.
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“The Strength of Our Attachments” is an interactive multimedia work for a single performer with an iPhone and a laptop running a patch I created in the MAX/MSP/Jitter environment. The audio is generated by an RTcmix code that reads the accelerometer in the iPhone and translates that movement into data. Those same movements are used to process the video’s brightness, contrast, and saturation.
The video is a recording of dancer Christine Rohde improvising a set of gestures based on holding an iPhone. The performer mimics these gestures in real-time. In a sense, the video serves as the musical score for the piece as it determines the gestures which create the sound and visuals.
The title comes from the dependence that we have on our mobile devices. The piece depicts the struggle of trying to live without our precious technological devices. The irony, of course, being that this piece would not be possible without the use of our devices.