Electronic and Computer Music

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Music - 474 pages
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In this revised and expanded third edition of the classic text on the history and evolution of electronic and computer music, Peter Manning provides the definitive account of the medium from its birth to the present day.
After explaining the antecedents of electronic music from the turn of the century to the Second World War, Manning discusses the emergence of early "classical" studios of the 1950s. He goes on to chronicle the upsurge of creative activity during the 1960s and 70s in the analog domain, as well as with live electronic music and the early use of electronics in rock and pop music. This edition contains new information about software innovations, digital media and the essential features of digital and audio control, the MIDI synthesizer and its many derivatives, and the evolution of computer workstations and multimedia personal computers.
Manning offers a critical perspective of the medium both in terms of its musical output and the philosophical and technical features that have shaped its growth. Emphasizing the functional characteristics of emerging technologies and their influence on the creative development of the medium, Manning covers key developments in both commercial and the non-commercial sectors to provide readers with the most comprehensive resource available on this ever-evolving subject.
  

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Contents

The Background to 1945
3
Paris and Musique Concrete
19
Clogne and Elektronische Musik
39
Milan and Elsewhere in Europe
68
America
74
The VoltageControlled Synthesizer
101
Works for Tape
135
Live Electronic Music
157
From Analog to Digital The Evolution of MIDI Hardware
279
From Microcomputer to Music Computer The MIDI Dimension
312
New Horizons for MIDIbased Technologies
329
Personal Computers and Sound Processing
347
Music Workstations and Related Computing Architectures
361
Performance Controllers
377
New Horizons in Synthesis and Signal Processing Software
386
Conclusion
401

Rock and Pop Electronic Music
168
The Foundations of Computer Music
181
From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity
197
The Microprocessor Revolution
217
The Characteristics of Digital Audio
245
The Development of the MIDI Communications Protocol
263
Notes
409
Bibliography
423
Discography
427
Index
451
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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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