For this project, I wanted to use both music and the external mic to drive the max patch. The animation is started by clapping your hands twice (or two loud noises). The rest of the animation is then driven by the music itself. I made two sub-patches to control timing and color, and to make the patch a bit easier to read.
I originally wanted to use the music to control Howard’s (the dancing alien) scale and animation speed. This proved trickier than anticipated, and I realized I could still make an interesting animation using a bunch of overlayed videos.