The Computer Music Tutorial, second edition
1288 pp., 8 x 10 in, 616 b&w illus.
- Published: June 6, 2023
- Publisher: The MIT Press
Expanded, updated, and fully revised—the definitive introduction to electronic music is ready for new generations of students.
Essential and state-of-the-art, The Computer Music Tutorial, second edition is a singular text that introduces computer and electronic music, explains its motivations, and puts topics into context. Curtis Roads's step-by-step presentation orients musicians, engineers, scientists, and anyone else new to computer and electronic music.
The new edition continues to be the definitive tutorial on all aspects of computer music, including digital audio, signal processing, musical input devices, performance software, editing systems, algorithmic composition, MIDI, and psychoacoustics, but the second edition also reflects the enormous growth of the field since the book's original publication in 1996. New chapters cover up-to-date topics like virtual analog, pulsar synthesis, concatenative synthesis, spectrum analysis by atomic decomposition, Open Sound Control, spectrum editors, and instrument and patch editors. Exhaustively referenced and cross-referenced, the second edition adds hundreds of new figures and references to the original charts, diagrams, screen images, and photographs in order to explain basic concepts and terms.
New chapters: virtual analog, pulsar synthesis, concatenative synthesis, spectrum analysis by atomic decomposition, Open Sound Control, spectrum editors, instrument and patch editors, and an appendix on machine learning
Two thousand references support the book's descriptions and point readers to further study
Mathematical notation and program code examples used only when necessary
Twenty-five years of classroom, seminar, and workshop use inform the pace and level of the material
From analog tectonic tones to the infinite liquid grains of digital audio, this introduction to digital sound synthesis serves as both technical reference and creative index. Roads underlines clearly the promise of digital audio as a malleable river of data as well as a sculptural medium.
Tim Hecker, Composer
The Computer Music Tutorial was my introduction to the world of electronic music composition. Twenty five years later, I still come back for reference and inspiration. With the new edition, I can begin to explore again!
David Thall, Audio Software Engineer
This long-awaited new edition adds cutting-edge techniques and concepts to a foundational text in the field. An essential guide for beginners and professionals alike.
Horacio Vaggione, Composer, Professor Emeritus, The University of Paris VIII
A remarkably entertaining and comprehensive guide for anybody involved with sound synthesis and analysis.
Marcus Schmickler, Composer, Institute for Music and Media, Robert Schumann University, Düsseldorf