- Series: MIT Press
- Hardcover: 630 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; Not Indicated edition (August 8, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262193949
- ISBN-13: 978-0262193948
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,536,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beyond MIDI: The Handbook of Musical Codes Not Indicated Edition
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As a reference book on musical codes, I think 'one-stop shopping' is worthwhile. Having the codes explained in terms of sound, notation, and analysis, and in one source will be very valuable. The primary audience are those persons who are interested in codes enabling storage, manipulation, and retrieval for musical scholarship, for MIDI development, and for composition. I know of no other such comprehensive project or publication.(Gary Wittlich, Professor of Music Theory, School of Music; Associate Dean, Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, Indiana University)
Eleanor Selfridge-Field is a very well known authority in the field of computational music who has occupied a position of leadership in this general area for years. Her book is timely and addresses concerns that will be of significant interest to a diversity of individuals who are involved in computational aspects of music: composers, teachers, music theorists, musicologists, designers of music software, etc. The book is very well put together, reflecting the editor's command of the field and her superior vision of the contemporary situation with respect to possible developments.(Allen Forte, Battell Professor of the Theory of Music, Yale University)
Beyond MIDI is a well written, thoroughly documented, and clearly presented description of the diverse ways in which music is currently represented in digital form. This book will surely provide an indispensable reference and guide for anyone interested in computers and music.(Dave Cope, Professor of Music, Porter College, University of California)
This volume, likely to become a standard reference work, describes anextraordinary number of approaches to the representation of musicalinformation for purposes of computer processing. It is a considerableachievement, for it sorts and orders work in a confusing and sometimesembattled field, analyzing each encoding method in logical sequence and inlight of the specific purposes for which it was designed.(Raymond Erickson, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Queens College, CUNY;author of DARMS: A Reference Manual)
About the Author
Eleanor Selfridge-Field is Professor of Music and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Computer Assisted Research in the Humanities.
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The book distinguishes between three types of musical codes, depending on whether its primary function is to play sound, to produce printed notation, or to aid in analysis and research. It also describes some proposed interchange formats. The descriptions are authoritative wherever possible, being obtained from the authors of the programs in question or other experts. There are some annoying 'typos' such as swapped or missing examples and incorrect appendix definitions, but they should be obvious enough not to mislead many readers. The inclusion of English Braille and the proposed New International Standard, although unexpected, is to be commended.
The book concludes with a section entitled "Reflections", which seems to equate "difficult" with "impossible" in an alarming way. Despite the title of the section, I don't think that it is clear enough that the reader has now left the factual world of file formats where "this byte does that" and is entering that of opinion, mostly about interchange possibilities. There are also some guidelines for those who find it necessary to write a new music code.
This book is essential reading for anyone writing their own music program or devising their own "musical code". The book has a website that includes errata, updates and complementary material for different chapters, and a list of links to other sites dealing with musical codes. Since Amazon usually throws out reviews with web addresses in them, suffice it to say that you need to type "CCARH Publications Books" into Google, and the first address you see will show a list of websites for books, and this book should be the first in the short list shown.
But instead of the important new midi codes there are just "xx".
Completely useless. This is not a book about midi, but a collection of low quality articles