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Roads, Curtis

The Computer Music Tutorial

1996c

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

This comprehensive book presents a broad and detailed overview of the theory and practice of computer music; including: digital audio concepts, music systems programming, sound synthesis, digital signal processing, sound analysis, musician interfaces, system schematics and psychoacoustics. Although some sections do open technical “black boxes” revealing the inner workings of hardware and software, the content is accessible to both technical and non-technical readers/musicians and includes some discussion concerning the musical applications of certain techniques.

Table of contents:

1. Digital Audio Concepts
2. Music Systems Programming
3. Introduction to Digital Sound Synthesis
4. Sampling with Additive Synthesis
5. Multiple Wavetable, Wave Terrain, Granular, and Subtractive Synthesis
6. Modulation Synthesis
7. Physical Modeling and Formant Synthesis
8. Waveform Segment, Graphic, and Stochastic Synthesis
9. Sound Mixing
10. Basic Concepts of Signal Processing
11. Sound Spatialization and Reverberation
12. Pitch and Rhythm Recognition
13. Spectrum Analysis
14. Musical Input Devices
15. Performance Software
16. Music Editors
17. Music Languages
18. Algorithmic Composition Software
19. Representations of Strategies for Algorithmic Composition
20. Internals of Digital Signal Processors
21. MIDI
22. System Interconnections
23. Psychoacoustics in Computer Music
Appendix. Fourier Analysis

Friday 2 December 2005, by Rob Weale