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Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degree of skill and expertise with the technology they use to produce their music, many mistakenly assume that this is all t Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degree of skill and expertise with the technology they use to produce their music, many mistakenly assume that this is all they need to produce quality tracks. Yet there is often a vital ingredient missing: a useful knowledge of the way the language of music actually works -- an understanding of the ingredients of music and how they are put together; what scales, chords, modes, and keys are; and the principles of arrangement, melody, and harmony. In other words, computer musicians may have learned how to use their instruments, but this does not necessarily mean that they know how to create professional-sounding music using those instruments. This book was written to help computer musicians grow in their knowledge of musical harmony, knowledge that is essential for the skilled creation of complex musical works. Topics include intervals, tonality and the key system, part writing, triads, tonic and dominant harmony, modulation, and modal interchange and harmony. Techniques are taught using the tools computer musicians are most familiar with. Rather than using a conventional score format, most of the materials are presented in the familiar piano roll format of computer music sequencing programs. For practice, the companion CD contains numerous short exercises that will considerably improve the musician's skill in the art of musical harmony.


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Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degree of skill and expertise with the technology they use to produce their music, many mistakenly assume that this is all t Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degree of skill and expertise with the technology they use to produce their music, many mistakenly assume that this is all they need to produce quality tracks. Yet there is often a vital ingredient missing: a useful knowledge of the way the language of music actually works -- an understanding of the ingredients of music and how they are put together; what scales, chords, modes, and keys are; and the principles of arrangement, melody, and harmony. In other words, computer musicians may have learned how to use their instruments, but this does not necessarily mean that they know how to create professional-sounding music using those instruments. This book was written to help computer musicians grow in their knowledge of musical harmony, knowledge that is essential for the skilled creation of complex musical works. Topics include intervals, tonality and the key system, part writing, triads, tonic and dominant harmony, modulation, and modal interchange and harmony. Techniques are taught using the tools computer musicians are most familiar with. Rather than using a conventional score format, most of the materials are presented in the familiar piano roll format of computer music sequencing programs. For practice, the companion CD contains numerous short exercises that will considerably improve the musician's skill in the art of musical harmony.

30 review for Harmony for Computer Musicians

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    A great reference! I'm not a trained musician, but I like experimenting with music using my computer, a music keyboard, and sequencer software; this book does a beautiful job of explaining concepts and aspects of music I'd heard all my life but not been able to name. This will make tinkering with music on the PC a richer and more rewarding pastime. A great reference! I'm not a trained musician, but I like experimenting with music using my computer, a music keyboard, and sequencer software; this book does a beautiful job of explaining concepts and aspects of music I'd heard all my life but not been able to name. This will make tinkering with music on the PC a richer and more rewarding pastime.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mihai Cosareanu

    Very good book on harmony. I found out a lot of interesting things about why some things are named in a specific way and various relationships between different chord progressions, chord substitutions, etc. Gave it only 4 stars because it was hard to read on my Kindle and the arrangement of images wasn't the best one so it was hard to follow. I think I'll come back again to this book cause it had too much information for this book's size and I'm not sure I can integrate everything at the first re Very good book on harmony. I found out a lot of interesting things about why some things are named in a specific way and various relationships between different chord progressions, chord substitutions, etc. Gave it only 4 stars because it was hard to read on my Kindle and the arrangement of images wasn't the best one so it was hard to follow. I think I'll come back again to this book cause it had too much information for this book's size and I'm not sure I can integrate everything at the first reading.

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