Ziccareli's bangs again!
June 13, 2001 -- Cycling '74 recently launched c74, a record label that
showcases a wide variety of genres, ranging from electroacoustic music to
electronica and beyond, created by the community of composers and performers
who employ Cycling '74 software products such as Max and MSP.
The first c74 release, from The Freight Elevator Quartet, might be said
to be a microcosm of the label itself. "Fix it in Post" blends live
recordings, which intermingle instruments (cello, didjeridoo, modular synth,
drum machine, keyboards, guitars, basses, and a PowerBook running Max/MSP) with
musical genres (drum'n'bass, academic electroacoustic music, pop, dub, space,
electro, and hip-hop) into a refined and coherent whole.
The second release is "./swank" from Interface, a maverick duo
composed of violinist Dan Trueman and bassist Curtis Bahn. They combine the
territory of free improvisation with a powerful set of extended instruments;
the duo's 5-string vertical bass and a 6-string electric violin are transformed
using Max and MSP into both the source of the sounds you hear and the means of
their transformation. "./swank" was recorded before a live audience
at Boston's Mobius Arts Center.
"The artists you hear on c74 use Max/MSP to create 'patches',
powerful logical constructions of interconnected function-boxes and patch cords
that react to external input and manipulate audio, video, or anything else that
can be connected to a computer. We're constantly delighted to discover new and
creative ways that people are using our software. We started c74 so that others
can hear it, too," said David Zicarelli, Cycling '74 founder.
MAX was originally developed at IRCAM in the late 1980s by Miller
Puckette and was ported to the Macintosh by David Zicarelli in 1990. Since its
initial release, MAX has been used extensively around the world in cutting-edge
live performance and multimedia development. Cycling '74 has extended and
complemented MAX's MIDI and multimedia support with MSP, a set of synthesis and
signal processing extensions.
Additional releases from Amnon Wolman, Kim Cascone, and Leslie Stuck are
planned, as is a CD of Cycling '74 employees including jhno, Safety Scissors,
and Kit Clayton. CDs may be purchased directly from Cycling '74 on their web