Max as a Tool for the Musicological Analysis of Computer Music

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The Max software, created by Miller Puckette and currently developed and distributed by Cycling’74, was designed in the 1980s as a graphical programming environment for musical creation, and has since then been used in several other artistic domains. But as a programming environment, Max can also be used for non-creative purposes; this article presents how it can be used as a tool for the musicological investigation of the repertoire of computer music. After an introduction to software-based approaches to the study of such a repertoire, an extensive research project dedicated to nine case studies serves as a basis for the discussion of key aspects of developments using Max in a musicological context. In this paper, the focus is on the potential afforded by Max in such contexts rather than on the particular musicological investigations. Perspectives for a generalization of this approach are therefore proposed, considering the modules created in this project according to their specificity, generality, or potential for abstraction beyond the work that motivated them. This ultimately leads to a consideration of Max as a tool for musicological research and analysis beyond the field of computer music.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2022, ICMC 2022
EditorsGiuseppe Torre
PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780971319264
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2022
EventInternational Computer Music Conference 2022: Standing Wave - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20229 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Computer Music Conference, ICMC Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2223-3881


ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleICMC 2022
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