A dictionary of electronic and computer music technology: instruments, terms, techniques

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - Music - 224 pages
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The rapid pace of technological development in electronic music has led to a plethora of instruments and systems. Until now, there has been no book to survey this burgeoning field objectively and insightfully or explain the transformations in instruments and the technology behind them. Assuming no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, Dobson introduces and explains this mass of technical information in clear, comprehensive entries dealing with common principles and techniques, such as those on the computer, electronic components, and synthesis. Specific products are then referred to as examples of a particular approach. This allows not only the links between instruments such as the sampler, synthesizer, sequencer, and signal processor to be examined, but also ensures that the text will not quickly become out-of-date. The DECMT thus works both as a reference work and as a tutorial text, moving from basic principles to specific examples. Included are entries on major commercial instruments and historical information on companies and individuals whose work has been central to the development of electronic instruments. Supplemented by three appendices, a general index, and one of instruments and manufacturers, A Dictionary of Electronic and Computer Music Technology will be indispensable for all composers, teachers, and performers in classical and popular music.

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