This survey chronicles the major advances in computer music that have changed the way music is composed, performed, and recorded. It contains many of the classic, seminal articles in the field (most of which are now out of print) in revised and updated versions. Computer music pioneers, digital audio specialists, and highly knowledgeable practitioners have contributed to the book. Thirty-six articles written in the 1970s and 1980s cover sound synthesis techniques, synthesizer hardware and engineering, software systems for music, and perception and digital signal processing. The editors have provided extensive summaries for each section.
Curtis Roads is Professor of Media Arts and Technology, with an affiliate appointment in Music, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His previous books include Microsound and Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic.
John Strawn is a Research Associate at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.
Roads and Strawn have written an excellent overview addressing the pertinent issues for each section to tie it all together, plus added extensive referencing and a comprehensive index, all of which makes this book thoroughly useful as a reference for study or research.
The computer and its profound influence on musical literature and musical thought is here to stay and we are lucky to have such a well planned and comprehensive reference as Foundations of Computer Music. There is no question in my mind that it should be a staple in the library of every composer and every person interested in the music of our time.
Morton Subotnick, composer/codirector of the composition program California Institute of the Arts