The second-year MFA students are currently taking 'Creating Sounds from Scratch' with me. Right now, we're knee-deep in a program called MaxMSP, an object-oriented data manipulation application. The 'Max' of MaxMSP is named for Max Mathews, a pioneer in computer music and digital synthesis. Max passed away this week, so I want to take a moment to link you to a piece on him.
And here's another.
Thanks, Max, for all of your contributions!