Editor's notes: Putting Max in perspective
SourceComputer Music Journal. --, 17, 2, (1993), pp. 3-11
Article / Letter to editor
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Computer Music Journal. --
Max is a system for interactive computer music composition that is used often by composers and musicians, in educational, performance and research contexts. Although it has the attractive appearance of a data-flow language that can be programmed graphically, it has many drawbacks. A critical review was undertaken intended to startup a round of discussion. Max was analyzed as a programming language (with complex interactions between flow of data and flow of control) , as a system for music (with low level representations of musical constructs only) and as graphical user interface (that does not exploit the direct manipulation method fully). It is argued that a continued search for appropriate constructs for computer music composition systems is necessary.
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