- Series: Studies on New Music Research (Book 6)
- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; Pap/Cdr edition (November 26, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9026519753
- ISBN-13: 978-9026519758
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,158,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Notes from the Metalevel: An Introduction to Computer Composition (Studies on New Music Research) Pap/Cdr Edition
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This is a first-class book for anyone interested in using the computer for music composition. Be forewarned though, it is not a guide to GarageBand or any other MIDI sequencer or hard-disk recorder. The author uses his own Common Music progamming language as the basis for an exploration into techniques and methods of making music that would be most unlikely without the assistance of the computer. Btw, the Common Music software is included with the book, in packages for Windows, Linux, and the Mac, so you can work with the book's examples immediately.
The text is clear and easy to understand, reflecting the author's experience as an educator. The examples are helpful and open-ended, lending themselves to further explorations. In addition to the regular examples the book includes a number of more extended projects based on work by composers such as Steve Reich and Gyorgy Ligeti.
No previous experience with a music progamming language is necessary, but if you have a background in Lisp or another object-oriented language you'll feel right at home with this book's Lisp-based example code. If you know nothing about programming the book's first chapters will bring you quickly up to speed on the basics needed to work with the rest of it.
The cost is a bit high, but the paperback edition is sturdy and well-printed, so I'll echo my CMJ review and state again that this book is worth every penny of its purchase price.
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I purchased this book not long after it was released, and I was lucky to get the CD containing the code and the software.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by YJ
This book is a practical introduction to computer composition. Its intended audience is student composers interested in learning how computation can provide them with a new... Read morePublished on July 6, 2007 by calvinnme