Introduction to Max Programming

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
101UMAX Z 1 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English, Czech winter and summer

Subject guarantor

Michal RATAJ

Name of lecturer(s)

Martin Klusák, Michal RATAJ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

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.

Mode of study


Every Monday from 11.30

ATTENTION the course starts on Monday 14.3.


classroom 1022 (Gothic tower HAMU) or online according to current faculty regulations.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


The course follows the block of lectures in the winter semester - knowledge of Max in the range of previous lectures is mandatory. In the form of group or individual workshops, participants will develop functional projects in Max.

Conditions for participation

Successfully completed participation in lectures in the winter semester


At the first meeting 14.3. each participant will bring the concept of their own project in Max, namely

  1. in the form of an oral or written topic / annotation - what is the idea of your own project (patch construction, expected results)

and at the same time

  1. in the form of a project scratch directly in Max or a schematic graphic sketch of the intended patch

It is recommended to own Max EDU licence in your own laptops.

Course contents

Learning objectives:

MAX is a visual programming environment for artists, educators, and scientists working with sound and visual media (in an interdisciplinary context). Although the course is primarily focused on music composition and performance, the fundamentals learned are applicable to a wide range of interdisciplinary applications.

Thematic areas:

While using the cybernetic paradigm of input/output/feedback/transformation, students will learn to develop their own musical instruments and interactive interfaces that can be used in a wide range of creative applications.

In this introductory course, students will learn the basic concept of the programming environment, understand elementary functioning of MIDI and digital audio processing as well as the ability to build simple interfaces and use basic implementations in specific creative situations of sound synthesis, sampling, virtual music instruments and sound diffusion.

The course can be enrolled in repeatedly.

Recommended or required reading

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.

web: <2. 1. 2020>

Assessment 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, Mondays 10:30

instructor: Martin Klusák

First class, Oct 11

Further information

Course may be repeated

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 2020

(Liechtenstein Palace)
Klusák M.

Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 15:20–16:50 Michal RATAJ
Martin Klusák
Liechtenstein Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans