From the Back Cover
Alessandro Cipriani * Maurizio Giri
Electronic Music and Sound Design Theory and Practice with Max/MSP * volume 1
Sound Synthesis and Processing - Frequency, Amplitude and Waveform - Envelopes and Glissandi - Additive Synthesis and Vector Synthesis - Noise Generators - Filters - Subtractive Synthesis - Virtual Synthesizer Programming - Equalizers, Impulses and Resonant Bodies - Control Signals and LFOs - Max/MSP Programming Techniques
"This book is one of the first courses on electronic sound that explicitly integrates perception, theory, and practice using examples of real-time sound synthesis you can manipulate and experience for yourself. In my opinion, Cipriani and Giri have done a masterful job of allowing experiential and theoretical knowledge to reinforce each other. This book will work either as a textbook or as a vehicle for the independent learner. As a bonus, the book includes a thorough introduction to digital signal processing with Max/MSP and serves as a wonderful introduction to the programming concepts in that software. I hope you will take advantage of the excellent Max/MSP examples the authors have created. They are simultaneously fun and enlightening, and they sound good enough to use on stage. They are also worth examining as models for your own Max/MSP patches, or for extending in new ways. As you will see, the theoretical chapters are the "T" chapters, while practical and experiential knowledge is imparted by the "P" chapters. These chapters alternate, in the form of a ladder, refining the concepts at ever higher levels of sophistication. I want to wish you good luck on this new adventure, and also thank my two Italian friends for creating such a comprehensive resource for learning about digital music - the one I wish existed when I was a student!"
(from the Foreword by David Zicarelli, publisher of Max/MSP).
This is the first of a series of three volumes dedicated to digital synthesis and sound design. It is ideal for those who are newcomers to the field, but it will also prove to be an indispensable resource for those who wish to deepen existing skills in sound design, in electronic music, or in Max/MSP.
About the Author
ALESSANDRO CIPRIANI co-authored "Virtual Sound", a textbook on Csound programming, and was a co-creator of the first online course on sound synthesis available in Europe. His electroacoustic and multimedia compositions have been performed at major festivals and electronic music venues (such as Synthèse Bourges, Venice Biennale and the International Computer Music Conference), and released on CDs and DVDs issued by Computer Music Journal, ICMC, CNI, Everglade, as well as others. He is a tenured professor in electronic music at the Conservatory of Frosinone, a founding member of Edison Studio in Rome, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Organised Sound (published by Cambridge University Press). He has given seminars at many European and American universities, including the University of California - Santa Barbara, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and Accademia di S. Cecilia in Rome.
MAURIZIO GIRI is a professor of composition as well as a teacher of Max/MSP programming techniques at the conservatories of Rome and Frosinone. He is an instrumental, electroacoustic and multimedia composer of music, specializing in digital sound and video processing and computer-assisted composition. He has written computer applications for algorithmic composition and live performance, and has published numerous tutorials on MaxMSP. He was artist in residence at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, and at GRAME in Lyon. He is also an associate member of the Nicod Institute at the Ècole Normale Supérieur in Paris, where he is currently collaborating with other faculty members on a textbook on the philosophy of sound, entitled "Knowledge of Sound".