This course introduces the basic knowledge and skills needed to compose in Max. Workshop-style seminars will demonstrate audio processing, internal controls, and interactivity in the language, which students will further engage through weekly assignments. The Cycling '74 Tutorials (available online and within the Max interface) will be a key resource for students, along with custom templates from the instructor. Along with the software, students will gain experience working with midi controllers to integrate interactive elements into their patches for performance. Coursework will culminate in an original creative project, to be performed at an end-of-term course recital/exhibition.