Pre-read Review of 'Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner'


After watching a YouTube tutorial by Sam Tarakajian about vocoder, even though I liked the tutorial lot, I found myself trapped to understand some mathematical tricks, like real/imaginary number, cartesian coordinate, polar coordinate, amplitude and phase and so on. I searched on YouTube for 'cartesian coordinate' and found this nice feeling tutorial and watched.

I thought, 'ah I knew cartesian coordinate'. It is pretty simple and basic even for junior high school students. Then I started to watch this video which was made by the same person, and this time about polar coordinate.

This felt more difficult, but still understandable. However in the middle, I started to wondering, 'will this tutorial start talking about the relation between this knowledge and computer music? Maybe not'. I paused the video, and googled 'max msp real imaginary numbers'.
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From the first to the sixth search result were not appealing, but somehow my eyes were stopped at the seventh result, and it was Google Book's sample page of some Max related book.
Screen Shot 2015 01 18 at 19 04 40I started to skim, and when I noticed this diagram, I strongly felt that this was what I was looking for.
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I moved my eyes to the left side of the page to check the front cover and the title, and I noticed somehow familiar logo saying 'PACKT'. I thought 'oh this book is also sold at that store, which is same as the book which I was given in exchange with writing a review, but I could only read the beginning part yet'. I thought 'even though I don't know what the heck TouchDesigner is, I might need to buy this book as well, if I can not find it on my university's library website, and I know that the chances are low.
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Suddenly, the title started to look familiar to me. 'Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner...?' That was the moment I became certain that I was going to love 'Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner'. This was my perfect reencountering to the book. Now I am so excited to start reading it.

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