Electronic and Computer Music

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Oxford University Press, Jan 29, 2004 - Music - 496 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

1 The Background to 1945
3
I Developments from 1945 to 1960
17
II New Horizons in Electronic Design
99
Photo gallery
133
III The Electronic Repertory from 1960
134
IV The Digital Revolution to 1980
179
V Digital Audio
243
VI MIDI
261
VII Desktop Synthesis and Signal Processing
345
VIII The Expanding Perspective
375
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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