Miller Smith Puckette
(born 1959) is the associate director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts
as well as a professor of music at the University of California, San Diego
, where he has been since 1994.
Puckette is known for authoring Max
, a graphical development environment for music
synthesis, which he developed while working at IRCAM
in the late 1980s. He is also the author of Pure Data
(Pd), a real-time performing platform for audio, video and graphical programming language
for the creation of interactive computer music
and multimedia works, written in the 1990s with input from many others in the computer music and free software
An alumnus of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School
in Tennessee, Miller Puckette got involved in computer music in 1979 at MIT with Barry Vercoe
. In 1979 he became a Putnam Fellow
He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University
in 1986 after completing an undergraduate degree at MIT
in 1980. He was a member of the MIT Media Lab
from its opening in 1985 until 1987 before continuing his research at IRCAM
, and since 1997 has been a part of the Global Visual Music project.
He used Max to complete his first work, which is called Pluton
from the second work of Manoury' series called Sonus ex Machina
He is the 2008 SEAMUS Award
On May 11, 2011, he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa
from the University of Mons
On July 21, 2012, he received an Honorary Degree from Bath Spa University
in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to computer music research.
He was the recipient of the Gold Medal at the 1975 Math Olympiads and the Silver Medal at the 1976 Math Olympiads.
: For a full list, see: http://msp.ucsd.edu/publications.html
Puckette, Miller (2004) “[http://msp.ucsd.edu/Publications/isea-reprint.pdf Who Owns our Software?: A first-person case study]” Proceedings, ISEA, pp. 200–202, republished in September 2009 issue of Montréal: Communauté électroacoustique canadienne / Canadian Electroacoustic Community.
Puckette, Miller (2002) Computer Music Journal 26(4): pp. 31–43.