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A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Robert Edgar's Simultaneous Opposites Engine in Max/Msp/Jitter


Have you ever wanted to look over the shoulder of someone who's spent multiple years programming and refining a custom application with Max/MSP/Jitter? Well you are in luck as artist Robert Edgar kindly agreed a let me record a behind-the-scenes walk through of his "Simultaneous Opposites Engine" app when I was visiting Sunnyvale last April.

He describes the app as "a performance/navigation system for real-time traversal of existing video files, sorting through the audio and video a single frame at a time, in an arrhythmic spiraling motion". While this is not a commercial application, watching the interview will not only give you insights into Robert's innovative work, but will also give you a sense as to why people choose to program their own apps and how they use technologies like Cycling 74's to solve problems and express their art.

After the interview video I've embedded a few example videos to show some of Robert's recent work. I've included a link to his Vimeo channel at the bottom of the post which you should definitely checkout as it's the home of over 60 videos created by Robert over the last few years allowing you to see the progression of the technology and the art. I recommend you view all videos full screen and HD.

Watch embedded video


Flower Beds: Simultaneous Opposites #62 from Robert Edgar on Vimeo.

Simultaneous Opposites #59: Dirty Bubbles from Robert Edgar on Vimeo.



Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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