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Max/MSP Interface
Author(s):
(unknown)
Institution:
Cycling'74
Year:
1990
URL:
http://www.cycling74.com/products/maxmsp
Project Description:
Max/MSP is a graphical environment for music, audio and multimedia developed and maintained by San Francisco-based software company Cycling'74. It has been used since 1990 by composers, performers, software designers, researchers and artists interested in creating interactive software.

The Max program itself is highly modular, with most routines existing in the form of shared libraries. An API allows third-party development of new routines (called "external objects"). As a result, Max has a large userbase of programmers not affiliated with Cycling'74 who enhance the software with commercial and non-commercial extensions to the program.

One of the most notorious aspects of Max/MSP is its extensible design and graphical interface (which in a novel way represents the program structure and the GUI as presented to the user simultaneously). Its distinguished and sometimes demanding interface also provides a great example of how to work with a network of interdependencies and can certainly be a source of inspiration for interactive models of this kind.

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