Music and Video Programming with MAX/MSP/Jitter

Music and Video Programming with MAX/MSP/Jitter
  • Cost: $110.00
  • Ages: 16+
  • Total Hours: 9 (Three x 3-hour sessions )
  • Capacity: 12

This class teaches the basics of interactive video production, including its role in coding and multimedia video installations.

Learn to manipulate your own media using the DIY software environment Max/MSP/Jitter, a programming language designed for media makers and performers.

In this workshop, you’ll focus on how video and sound can react to each other, experiment with pre-made interactive video software and learn the basics of programming your own software.

You’ll explore how sound can control video effects, deconstructing video and making custom effects. During class, you’ll apply these skills by making a short experimental music video.

Recommended Prior Experience: If you have never used a Mac before, we recommend taking Mac Basics before this class.

This class is part of our New Media track. Learn more about our media education tracks here.

Certification: Certification: This workshop will certify you to reserve a MacBook Pro laptop that comes with Max/MSP/Jitter, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Cloud. You will also be able to borrow our hard drives and submit videos to our channels!

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Aug 4–Aug 5

Sundays & Saturdays

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Instructor: Chloe Thompson

2 SESSIONS: 8/4, 8/5


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Chloe Thompson Web Development and IT Manager

Chloe Alexandra Thompson (b. 1990, Canada) is a Cree, artist and curator, living and working in Portland, Oregon. Thompson works in new media, movement and poetry to emphasize aesthetics as a means to seduce the viewer into a stream of ongoing equilibrium and the interval that articulates the stream of daily events, their proximities to historical patterns, and relationships between them. Her work isolates the movements of humans and/or objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion / activity and sound. She finds that these junctures of movement reveal an inherent awkwardness, and seeks to present moments of truth. Using Pure Data, Arduino, hardware and voice, Thompson creates unique sonic experiences and expressions through the spatialization of isolated frequencies.

Thompson’s work has been shown at Littman and White Galleries, Compliance Division, Open Signal, Bronco Gallery, Corridor (Seattle), Quiet City (Vancouver, BC, Upcoming*), Wayward Music Series (Seattle, Upcoming*), and PCC. 


For More Information

For general information or directions to our space, please contact our front desk at (503) 288-1515 or info [at]

To be considered for make-up sessions or for other questions about your registration, contact our Media Education department at (503) 673-8649 or education [at]

Getting Here

Open Signal is located off the #6 or #4 bus line. If you are driving to Open Signal, we have a parking lot located on NE Graham. Our main entrance is located on NE Graham off of NE MLK.


Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need. If you’d like to apply, please complete the Bob Hedlund Memorial Scholarship Application form and submit along with documentation of financial need. Scholarships are reviewed on the 15th of every month and scholarships will be awarded on the 20th of every month. Applicants can apply for one scholarship slot per term, with a maximum of 3 scholarships per calendar year.

Open Signal is a Safe Space

Open Signal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the community. Open Signal does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations, and we ask that you do the same when you attend our workshops and events.

Open Signal is fully wheelchair-accessible. Reasonable accommodations may be made upon request.

Equipment Certification

Open Signal workshops grant certification on the equipment and software taught in the course unless otherwise noted.

Our workshops and equipment are made available to the community at an affordable rate because we want to amplify your voice on our public access cable channels. Join our community of media-makers! We ask that you submit work regularly in exchange for the free use of Open Signal equipment and studios.

Workshops participants must attend ALL workshop sessions order to receive certification. No make-up sessions will be allowed except in cases of emergency. All certified students must complete a brief New Producer Orientation (NPO) before they are given access to our equipment. Students under the age of 18 will need to complete an NPO in the presence of their parent or guardian in order to check out equipment from Open Signal.

Cancellation Policies for Workshops

  • Workshops must meet minimum enrollment requirements to take place. If a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified 24 hours in advance. You can transfer to the next available session of the workshop if there is one, or receive a full refund for your cancelled class.

  • You must cancel up to 72 hours in advance to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds or transfers if you cancel with less than three days notice or fail to show up.

  • Please allow 2-3 business days for all refunds to be processed.

In the event of an emergency, exchanges for class credit may be offered at the discretion of Open Signal Management.   

Inclement Weather Policy

Open Signal follows the Portland Public Schools weather closure policy. If a workshop is closed due to inclement weather, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop within the term. Full refunds or class exchanges will be offered if you can’t make the rescheduled date.