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Elements of Computer Music Paperback – February 19, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0132525527 ISBN-10: 0132525526

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (February 19, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132525526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132525527
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a general introduction to the theory of computer music, giving details on sound, digital signal processing, math, and C programming. It assumes a strong knowledge of music.

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F. Richard Moore is one of the early pioneers of computer music. In 1967 he joined the research staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked closely with Max Mathews (the "father" of computer music) developing the widely-distributed MUSIC V program, as well as GROOVE - the first real time computer-controlled analog synthesizer system. Trained first in music composition and performance, he later studied electrical engineering at Stanford University where he designed and built the FRMbox - one of the first all-digital music synthesizers. In 1979, Dr. Moore became Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he founded the Computer Audio Research Laboratory (CARL) at the Center for Music Experiment (now the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts) which he directed for more than a decade. He is one of the designers of UCSD's Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM) and a former chair of the UCSD music department, as well as a past acting Provost of UCSD's Sixth College, themed around culture, arts and technology. He is currently a founding director of Tinnitus Otosound Products, LLC, a biotech company specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus. In addition to investigating the nexus of music, science and technology, Dr. Moore enjoys flying airplanes, skiing and Go. Moore retired from UCSD in 2012.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2006
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This book is for anyone interested in using computers to extend the boundaries of music. The reader should already be familiar with computer programming and with music as this book treats these subjects together. It is assumed that the reader is musically literate at the level of being able to read and write common practice music notation. The author says that the reader should be familiar with mathematics at the level of high school trigonometry and algebra. However, I think that the reader should also be familiar with digital signal processing, as this book does not take too much time and space to introduce the subject and much of the book relies heavily on DSP concepts and structures.

After a brief introduction, chapter 2 of the book takes the reader on a wild ride through the world of digital audio, starting with simple representation of sound via sinusoids, through ADC and DAC issues, and concluding with a discussion of both IIR and FIR digital filters with some programming examples in C. Chapter 3 builds on the ideas in chapter 2 and shows the reader how to use digital filtering concepts to build structures that simulate musical instruments. The author also introduces his own programming environment for computer music, CMusic. Chapter 4 is all about spatial hearing, direction cues, echoes and reverberation, and the mathematical modeling of all of these phenomena. Chapter 5, "Composing", talks about algorithmic composition via random numbers, Markov processes, and noise. This is probably the chapter that depends the most on the reader having musical maturity. The appendices have a nice treatment of mathematics and of CMusic.
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The range of subjects it covers is vast and they are presented in a simple manner. It's a Classic!!!
That said, If I had to choose a single book on the subject, it wouldn't be this one. This is more of a complementary and introductory book to some principles to computer music. The information in it is outdated, and while most principles still apply, there are many more newer books that excel at explaining the many concepts.
As a complement to other books in the subject, I highly recommend it. It's a must have for anyone serious about computer music as it provides a great historical perspective to computer music.
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