Miller Puckette obtained a B.S. in Mathematics from MIT (1980) and Ph. D. in Mathematics from Harvard (1986). He was a member of MIT's Media Lab from its inception until 1987, and then a researcher at IRCAM (l'Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Musique/Acoustique), founded by composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. At IRCAM he wrote Max, a widely used computer music software environment, released commercially by Opcode Systems in 1990 and now available from Cycling74.com .
Puckette joined the Music department of the University of California, San Diego in 1994, where he is now professor. From 2000 to 2011 he was Associate Director of Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD.
He is currently working on Pure Data ("Pd"), a leading open-source real-time multimedia arts programming environment, with software contributions by many others worldwide. Puckette has collaborated with many artists and musicians, including Philipe Manoury (whose Sonus ex Machina cycle was thie first major work to use Max), and Rand Steiger, and Vibeke Sorensen (as part of the Global Visual Music project). Since 2004 he has performed with the Convolution Brothers.
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