The Music Machine

The Music Machine

Selected Readings from Computer Music Journal

Edited by Curtis Roads





Since its inception in 1976, Computer Music Journal has led the field as the essential resource for musicians, composers, scientists, engineers, and computer enthusiasts interested in contemporary electronic music and computer-generated sound. In The Music Machine, Curtis Roads brings together 53 classic articles published in Computer Music Journal between 1980 and 1985, providing a cohesive survey of the major developments in computer music and in the related technology during the last decade. The book includes interviews with major figures in the field and articles devoted to composition, artificial intelligence, and the popular Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Roads has written an overview of each of the book's seven parts, highlighting the major topics and placing the various articles in a thematic and historical context.

Curtis Roads is a composer, a producer, and associate editor of Computer Music Journal.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262181310 740 pp. | 7 in x 10 in


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Curtis Roads

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.


  • If you'd like to immerse yourself in a comprehensive overview of the last five years in computer music, this is definitely the place to start.