Max 5

Cycling ’74 has released Max 5! I have been beta-testing the software for some time now, and can highly recommend the update. There has been a lot of discussion about the new “rounded corners”, but Max 5 is so much more about improvements and workflow. What I like the most about Max 5 is the presentation mode, which allows for separating the “code” from the user interface. This greatly enhances creating more complex patches with a neat little interface on top, since you can easily select which objects to include in the presentation, and then rearrange them as you like.

Oldest sound recording

phonautographThe International Herald Tribune reports on the finding of a 10-second recording of the folk song “Au Clair de la Lune” recorded on April 9, 1860. The recording was made by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville on a phonautograph, a machine designed to record sounds visually, but has now been scanned and used for playback. This is now the oldest known sound recording, and can be heard here.