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A comprehensive text and reference that covers all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, synthesis techniques, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, synthesizer architecture, system interconnection, and psychoacoustics. The Computer Music Tutorial is a comprehensive text and reference t A comprehensive text and reference that covers all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, synthesis techniques, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, synthesizer architecture, system interconnection, and psychoacoustics. The Computer Music Tutorial is a comprehensive text and reference that covers all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, synthesis techniques, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, synthesizer architecture, system interconnection, and psychoacoustics. A special effort has been made to impart an appreciation for the rich history behind current activities in the field. Profusely illustrated and exhaustively referenced and cross-referenced, The Computer Music Tutorial provides a step-by-step introduction to the entire field of computer music techniques. Written for nontechnical as well as technical readers, it uses hundreds of charts, diagrams, screen images, and photographs as well as clear explanations to present basic concepts and terms. Mathematical notation and program code examples are used only when absolutely necessary. Explanations are not tied to any specific software or hardware. The material in this book was compiled and refined over a period of several years of teaching in classes at Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Naples, IRCAM, Les Ateliers UPIC, and in seminars and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.


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A comprehensive text and reference that covers all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, synthesis techniques, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, synthesizer architecture, system interconnection, and psychoacoustics. The Computer Music Tutorial is a comprehensive text and reference t A comprehensive text and reference that covers all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, synthesis techniques, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, synthesizer architecture, system interconnection, and psychoacoustics. The Computer Music Tutorial is a comprehensive text and reference that covers all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, synthesis techniques, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, synthesizer architecture, system interconnection, and psychoacoustics. A special effort has been made to impart an appreciation for the rich history behind current activities in the field. Profusely illustrated and exhaustively referenced and cross-referenced, The Computer Music Tutorial provides a step-by-step introduction to the entire field of computer music techniques. Written for nontechnical as well as technical readers, it uses hundreds of charts, diagrams, screen images, and photographs as well as clear explanations to present basic concepts and terms. Mathematical notation and program code examples are used only when absolutely necessary. Explanations are not tied to any specific software or hardware. The material in this book was compiled and refined over a period of several years of teaching in classes at Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Naples, IRCAM, Les Ateliers UPIC, and in seminars and workshops in North America, Europe, and Asia.

30 review for The Computer Music Tutorial

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    My Electronic Music Professor called this, "The Bible of Computer Music" for a reason... My Electronic Music Professor called this, "The Bible of Computer Music" for a reason...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Seth Hunter

    I finally got a used copy of this classic. It would be impossible to get all the way through it, but I'm always impressed at how clear his explanations are and how inspired I am at the end of reading it to dig into music programming software again. I think it's time for a revised edition though - with modern software discussions. Talk about what is happening now! I finally got a used copy of this classic. It would be impossible to get all the way through it, but I'm always impressed at how clear his explanations are and how inspired I am at the end of reading it to dig into music programming software again. I think it's time for a revised edition though - with modern software discussions. Talk about what is happening now!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Werawat PHz Wera

    My early career bible.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bjørn Borud

    The name implies a mere pamphlet, but this is a pretty decent size brick. It’s size shouldn’t scare you though, because it is an easy read. I often recommend self-titled audiophiles read the first parts about digital sound, sampling, playback and how this is done in practice so they can stop buying $10000 cables for carrying digital signals. What’s interesting is that this was written before the market was flooded with physical modeling, real-time software synthesizers and yet it has some intere The name implies a mere pamphlet, but this is a pretty decent size brick. It’s size shouldn’t scare you though, because it is an easy read. I often recommend self-titled audiophiles read the first parts about digital sound, sampling, playback and how this is done in practice so they can stop buying $10000 cables for carrying digital signals. What’s interesting is that this was written before the market was flooded with physical modeling, real-time software synthesizers and yet it has some interesting bits that, in retrospect, are quite fun to read. Now that physical modeling synths is “so 2005”. If you deal with digital music or synthesis, this is a classic.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Not really one to read cover-to-cover, but still indispensable as math-challenged me tries to work through translating "what I want" in digital signal processing into "what I can do." Roads manages to lay it out for me in a way that's comprehensible without, on the other hand, treating me like an idiot. Bravo! Not really one to read cover-to-cover, but still indispensable as math-challenged me tries to work through translating "what I want" in digital signal processing into "what I can do." Roads manages to lay it out for me in a way that's comprehensible without, on the other hand, treating me like an idiot. Bravo!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bertus Van Dalen

    it will put you on the right track, is information-rich, can get you going in creating or working out what you want.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael Grob

    A great resource of concepts and algorithms from the field of computer music. From 1996, lots of things have evolved within that field. Nevertheless, I consider this book a must read for everyone who's involved in research & development of music tech. A great resource of concepts and algorithms from the field of computer music. From 1996, lots of things have evolved within that field. Nevertheless, I consider this book a must read for everyone who's involved in research & development of music tech.

  8. 4 out of 5

    فرشاد ارشدی

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. is very good

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter Scartabello

    The Bible for anyone who is interested in electronic/computer music. I have re-read this mammoth tome countless times! An almost inexhaustible wellspring of information!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adam McCartney

    It's one of those books that has served as a decent reference for years. I honestly can't say that I use it that much... maybe I should start picking it up again! It's one of those books that has served as a decent reference for years. I honestly can't say that I use it that much... maybe I should start picking it up again!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Diogo Cocharro

    Great resource!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ludwig Berger

  13. 5 out of 5

    AKA

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    Peter Castine

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    Ben Harris

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    Pat

  17. 4 out of 5

    Petermcilwain

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol Hayes

  19. 5 out of 5

    Devin Mahesh

  20. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Cardoso

  21. 5 out of 5

    Clinton LeFort

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vince Lumantas

  23. 4 out of 5

    Panagiotis

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharmaarke Ali

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    Hegesias

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jakob Glock

  27. 5 out of 5

    Billy Moroney

  28. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Sampson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Göran Sandström

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sai Sruthi

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