Electronic and Computer Music

Electronic and Computer Music

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This updated and expanded third edition of Peter Manning's classic text, Electronic and Computer Music, deals with the development of the medium from its birth to the 21st century. The first section of the book, which remains essentially unchanged in this edition, covers electroacoustic music from its beginning at the turn of the century to 1945, the development of post-1945 'classical' studios, development of voltage-controlled technology, and its commercial exploitation in tape works, live electronic music, and the early use of electronics in rock and pop music. Section two, Computer Music, is heavily revised and significantly expanded and treats the digital revolution from the early experiments during the late 1950s and early 1960s to the advanced systems of today. Emphasizing the functional characteristics of emerging digital technologies and their influence on the creative development of the medium, Manning covers key developments in both commercial and the non-commercial sectors.
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  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 680.39g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 12pp halftones; numerous figures
  • 0195170857
  • 9780195170856
  • 1,253,192

Table of contents

1. The Background, to 1945 ; 2. Paris and Musique Concrete ; 3. Cologne and Electronische Musik ; 4. Milan and Elsewhere in Europe ; 5. America ; 6. The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer ; 7. Works for Tape ; 8. Live Electronic Music ; 9. Rock and Pop Electronic Music ; 10. The Foundations of Computer Music ; 11. From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity ; i Software Synthesis and Computer-Assisted Composition ; ii Hybrid Synthesis ; 12. The Microprocessor Revolution ; 13. The Characteristics of Digital Audio ; 14. The Development of the MIDI Communications Protocol ; 15. From Analog to Digital: The Evolution of MIDI Hardware ; i The Pioneering Phase, to 1983 ; ii The Development of the MIDI Sampler ; iii New Directions in Synthesizer Architectures ; iv Beyond the Keyboard: Alternative Performance Controllers ; v Other MIDI-Related Hardware ; 16. From Microcomputer to Music Computer: The MIDI Dimension ; 17. New Horizons for MIDI-based Technologies ; 18. Personal Computers and Sound Processing ; 19. Music Workstations and Related Computing Architectures ; 20. Performance Controllers ; 21. New Horizons in Synthesis and Signal Processing Software ; 22. Conclusion
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About Peter Manning

Peter Manning completed a doctorate in electroacoustic music at the University of Durham, and has been the director of its Electroacoustic Music Studio since 1980. In addition to writing books and articles on the history and development of the medium, he has directed several research programs into new technologies for computer music and composed a number of widely performed electroacoustic works.
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