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Composing Music with Computers (Music Technology) Paperback – April 27, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0240515670 ISBN-10: 0240515676 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Music Technology
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240515676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240515670
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,032,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...anyone interested in using computers to compose music will find herein a useful technique, regardless of his style or method of composition. In the tradition of computer music - experiment: try, listen, and refine.'
Daniel V. Oppenheim, October 2000

'...exceptionally well written and, above all, clear. Composers, students or otherwise, will find a valuable resource for ideas, software, algorithms, and their underlying mathematics.'
Robert Rowe in Computer Music Journal

'...an excellent balance of detail and overview and seems to cover maths in a more interesting way than I have seen before. It provides a couple of good case studies which are reasonably easy to follow and before I knew I was up and running with my own generated tunes.'
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'I always had problems getting to grips with the math behind computer music. This the first book I found which talks you through comprehensibly. There are loads of diagrams and helpful examples. Hasn't made it to the shelf since I bought it!'
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'As a DJ I need to know what's coming up before it hits the circuit, so I was well impressed with this book - although I've got a fairly strong programming base, the way Eduardo Reck Miranda introduced and explained the mechanics filled in the gaps without sending me to sleep.'
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From the Publisher

The accompanying CD-ROM contains examples, complementary tutorials and a number of composition systems for PC and Macintosh platforms, from demonstration versions of commercial programs to exciting, fully working packages developed by research centers world-wide, including Nyquist, Bol Processor, Music Sketcher, SSEYO Koan, Open Music and the IBVA brainwaves control system, among others. This book will be interesting to anyone wishing to use the computer as a companion to create music. It is a comprehensive guide, but the technical terms are explained so it is suitable for students, professionals and enthusiasts alike.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is relevant to several different audiences including computer scientists, mathematicians, and AI researchers. However, this book is most directly aimed at musicians/composers who are interested in algorithmic composition. The book artfully introduces computer science and mathematics concepts to those with music backgrounds, and then also explains some music concepts to those with a more technical background. Some composers will never have a need to compose algorithmically, no matter which tools they have, and others will see immediately how to employ algorithms in their work. For those in the middle,Composing Music with Computers is an essential guide. That said, the book may have been even more valuable to such readers with a greater range of worked-out examples.
Throughout the body of the text,there are helpful illustrations with musical material provided at every appropriate juncture. These illustrations tend to be short and didactic, however, rather than elaborated and evocative.The most useful bridge between theory and practice is provided by chapter 7, a group of three case studies showing in greater detail how musical material can be derived from algorithmic techniques. In particular, the case study, titled "From content to form", shows how to generate chordal material using a collection of generative modules and then to shape that material with a group of "moulding rules". For example, Moulding Rule Two states that '"all ascending sequences. . . of notes are slurred in order to form an articulatory unit". At the end of the discussion is a measure of music for six instruments, complete with articulations, that clearly demonstrates the musical potential of the formalizations that are the subject of the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Byrne on August 6, 2001
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I am neither a musician or a computer programmer by trade but have a strong interest in both topics.
I have been looking for just this type of book for a couple of years now. It provides an excellent balance of detail and overview and seems to cover more maths in an interesting way than I have seen before.
It provides a couple of good case studies which are reasonably easy to follow and before I knew I was up and running with my own generated tunes.
I haven't even started on the CD yet!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian M on July 14, 2001
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I always had problems getting to grips with the math behind computer music. This the first book I found which talks you through comprehensibly. There are loads of diagrams and helpful examples. Hasn't made it to the shelf since I bought it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. McKeon on April 12, 2006
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a few algorithms and other techniques as applied to latice based musical structure. nothing here particularly exciting if you have any education in mathematics or computer science. no truly deep or interesting generative techniques are covered here, just the basics. in my view you are better off studying sound synthesis and then going straight to the source, i.e. textbooks (and websites) about algorithmics, automata, grammars, evolutionary computation etc, for the comp-sci and mathematics stuff. gave it 3 stars for effort and because for the beginner it may contain a diving board from which to jump into deeper waters, and a broad but shallow overview of the algorithmic possibilities in musical 'composition'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lay.gr on July 13, 2011
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The content of the book is average, i expected more of it. The author makes a lot of references to the cd-rom that comes with the book, but if you buy the kindle edition you won't get the cd-rom.
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