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.
To help spread information about various things related to music technology at the University of Oslo (and around), I have started the blog Musikkteknologi @ UiO (in Norwegian). It may be of interest also to people outside of UiO.
Talking about large-scale motion tracking:
As spatialization is growing more popular, it is important to conduct more research into the field to know more about how people think about, and work with, spatialization in various settings. If you want to help in this, you should fill out the CIRMMT Spatialization Questionnaire.
The 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.