Darwin Grosse started using Max version 2 in 1996. He has been involved in development of Max since 2001 for the releases of Max 4, 5 and 6; Pluggo 2 and 3; and the Mode plug-ins. He's enjoyed working with some of the best composers, musicians and video artists in the world. His own artwork has been on display around the world, but he is more pleased when someone is able to extend his efforts to create shockingly new artwork.
His goal with 20 Objects is to promote forward-looking development in the media art world. This includes the creation of Max objects and applications, Max-for-Live devices, examples, tutorials and even the occasional harware pieces, like the ArdCore.
Andrew Pask is a musician. He started playing clarinet and saxophones professionally in New Zealand in the mid 1980s. In 1993, he moved to Hong Kong playing gigs, recording sessions and playing shows in Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Korea and the UK.
He first found out about Max in 1998 because he wanted to incorporate computers into his playing. In particular, he was trying to develop ideas for generative compositions. Andrew moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and started working in bands and as a studio computer technician. He continues to perform in LA and around the US regularly.
"20 Objects is about everything that I do as a performing musician and 'technical enabler' for other artists. Creating new instruments and tools for use in performance is something that I do for myself all the time, and I really enjoy doing it for others. It's great to get gigs where you can help someone realize an idea they have had." Andrew Pask