Has anyone here read the following two books? I ordered them recently - I'm looking forward to teaching myself Max/MSP and/or PD later this year.
- Designing Sound, by Andy Farnell
- Electronic Music and Sound Design - Theory and Practice with Max/MSP - volume 1, by Alessandro Cipriani, Maurizio Giri
I have a number of 'traditional' computer music books, but I bought these specifically because they are appear to be less theoretical and more hands on (nothing wrong with theoretical, IMO, I'm just looking to finally get my hands really dirty).
Any other alternative recommendations specifically pertaining to Max/MSP and/or PD (beyond their help files)? I don't have a lot of experience with either, but I'm attracted to both b/c of their insane flexibility (at least, that's my understanding - please correct me if I'm wrong and redirect me to 'right' software - I'm not opposed to straight C coding if that's what it takes, but I'd prefer leveraging existing/'modern' frameworks).
I'd also love to hear of any music theory books that are approachable to a novice - perhaps I'll start a different thread for that. I'm currently (very slowly) getting through Tymoczko's A Geometry of Music
. I don't have the proper music theory background for the book (e.g., I can't read sheet music), but I love the framework and inspiration it provides.