Today sees the release of OSCiLLOT by Max for Cats, a Max for Live modular system comprised of three Max for Live devices, over 100 patchable modules and 79 presets to get going. This time it's a collaboration between Nico Starke and Christian Kleine.
I've known about OSCiLLOT pretty much since they started collaborating on it, helped with questions about the interface design here, had discussions if and how something could work in theory that was causing issues. It's not your every day Max for Live device, it's something quite different from the rest. I thought I'd use this opportunity to interview both of them on this very ambitious project because you might find it just as interesting to hear about its conception and development. Here's the first part of the interview, the second one including a giveaway follows tomorrow.
To develop a modular system within Max for Live is something quite extraordinary. How did you get the idea?
Nico Starke: The idea actually exists for a very long time. Probably since the release of Max for Live itself. Max for Live is in itself a fantastic addition to Live, but you are somehow made to choose between two extremes: either you use ready-made devices or dive fully into the world of Max, which usually means that you programme more than make music.
For the modular junkie in me, this situation was never entirely satisfactory. I always wanted to have something in between - modular and flexible, but without the need of programming or understanding everything about DSP. If you want to compare it with the hardware world - I love the modular synthesiser for its flexibility, the fun and the learning effect that you can experience with them, but I don't really want to solder together each module individually. That's certainly fun, but you have to do quite a lot before getting out any sound.