If you’re trying to tackle visual programming to move your art forward, know this: you’re not alone.

And so it is that Mike Todd writes us to share Andrew Benson’s ongoing series of Jitter tutorials. I remember reading Andrew’s tutorials years ago, but the guy just keeps going – “recipe” number 50 for Max/MSP’s matrix/visual tool Jitter is now available. Mike is generous enough not only to point to those tutorials, but share some of the work he’s done with them. beeple’s videos are Creative Commons-licensed, so here, Mike takes on one as a learning etude. He writes:

I’ve been learning Max/MSP this year and I’ve found Andrew Benson’s tutorials essential to the process. He just finished his 50th Jitter Recipe, a great series that shows some practical tips and tricks from discussions in the Cycling74 forums. Check them out, and thanks Andrew for putting in such effort over the last 7 years (!) on these.


(I’m especially enjoying the new stuff with model animation and GEN!)

I made this video [above] after playing around with Recipe 37 – Shatters, and thought you may enjoy it.

Recipe 37 is actually a “vintage” recipe, so you’ll find it in book 3. (We turn in our Jitter hymnals this morning to hymn number 37, “And He shallt patch us together like sheep,” followed by “For He shall take into His arms they who read the manual.”)

More details, via Vimeo:

Remix of the Flying Lotus + beeple’s “Kill Your Co-Workers” video. Made and recorded in real-time. The original video is broken up into a bunch of pieces and thrown around the screen – inspired by Andrew Benson’s Jitter Recipe 37 (Shatter). I used an AKAI LPD8 mapped to several parameters to control the effect as it played and recorded the output with Syphon.

I’m thankful for people out there like Andrew and Mike (beeple). On top of being incredible artists, they are extremely generous with their knowledge and time – beeple releases all of his videos with creative commons licenses and source C4D files and Andrew painstakingly documents tutorials for Max/MSP and helps noobs like myself in the forums day-to-day. Andrew just finished his 50th Jitter Recipe, go check them out!
Oh, and Flying Lotus seems cool as hell too (need a VJ?)
beeple – beeple-crap.com/
Andrew Benson – pixlpa.com/
Flying Lotus – flying-lotus.com/
Original Video – vimeo.com/15572863
Syphon – syphon.v002.info/
High-Res Download:
The compression doesn’t do the video much favor, so if you don’t mind downloading a huge file I think the difference is worth it.

Mike Todd: miketodd.info