Introduction to Max Programming

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101UMAX credit 1 1 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 1 exercise hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 7 to 12 hours of self-study English, Czech winter and summer

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Learning Objectives:

Max is a visual programming environment for the specialized needs of artists, educators, and scientists working with sound, visual media, and parametric computing in an interdisciplinary context. Although the course is primarily concerned with music composition and performance, the fundamentals learned are applicable to a wide range of interdisciplinary applications.

This course takes the form of lectures introducing the elementary basics of Max in the winter semester. In the summer semester, in an optimal situation, the lecture series is completed and individual projects are developed in the form of a practical workshop.


  1. LECTURE CYCLE - In the introductory course, students will primarily learn about the basic concept of the programming environment, understand the basic functionality in MIDI and digital audio environments, try building simple interfaces and implement basic implementations in specific creative situations.
  2. WORKSHOP - Using the cybernetic paradigm of input/output/feedback/transformation, students will learn to develop their own musical tools, interactive interfaces and interfaces that can be used in a wide range of creative applications.

The course can be taken repeatedly.

Learning outcomes

Ability to create basic MIDI and real-time-audio algorithms, use of MIDI and sensor-based controllers for interaction, simple generative and music synthesis methods.

Prerequisites and other requirements


It is recommended to bring your own laptop with Max installation (Trial license is sufficient).


Prior knowledge of Max or prior participation in the winter semester lecture series is recommended for participation in the summer semester.


PUCKETTE, Miller. The theory and technique of electronic music. New Jersey: World scientific, 2007. xiv, 331 p. ISBN 978-981-270-077-3 bibl., index.

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Evaluation methods and criteria

Credit examination is awarded when the average score is above 70 %.

Assessment structure:

active participation in class: 30 %

continuous preparation: 30 %

creation of a functional algorithm based on an individual assignment: 40 %


Practical class 2h / week, Thursdays

instructor: Martin Klusák

Further information

Course may be repeated

No schedule has been prepared for this course

The subject is a part of the following study plans