O.M.G.D.A.W.G.

This miage goes through three programs and three Macintosh OSes to get here. And twenty six years of computer equipment.

This miage goes through three programs and three Macintosh OSes to get here. And twenty six years of computer equipment.

O.M.G.D.A.W.G., or the Original MIDI Generative DAW Group, is a piece of software written in MaxMax for 68k Macintosh (OS 7), used in my “Celebrating 100 Years of MIDI” concert in November of 2013. It is a series of random note and program generators, coupled with some global controls and the all important “All Notes Off” button. Each voice is sent a global metronome tick, which can be subdivided locally. These metronomes drive random number generators, which can be scaled and offset to generate MIDI note numbers and program numbers. The velocity and duration are manually controllable as well, and volume for each channel is provided at a slider on the side of the program.

Written in MaxMax Version 2, an internal 1989 IRCAM release of the patcher language written by Miller Puckette (whose software Pure Data is now my main sound synthesis tool), this project was an exercise in reclaiming lost software techniques and working within constraints, while also enjoying and reliving older means of computer music composition and performance.

I have a number of recordings of the software controlling General MIDI sound generation, you can find them on my soundcloud here and here.

As far as getting MaxMax and similar software running, I can steer you towards certain folks, but I’m unable to provide any software myself, as it is copyrighted and not mine! I’d be happy to share the patches, but I believe I’m one of a half dozen people running this program still. I’ll get a version running in Pd and put that up here when I can.