Musicianship in the Digital Age

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Thomson Course Technology, 2006 - Music - 524 pages
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Unlike many other books on the market, "Musicianship in the Digital Age" effectively combines music technology with musicianship. The book provides technical instruction on topics such a sequencing, synthesis, loop-based tools, and editing, with insights on how to actually use that technology to sequence and record original compositions. Organized into three parts, the first two parts cover the technological and theoretical aspects of music production while the third part ties together all of the skills learned by presenting fifteen demonstration scores and recordings with a detailed description of the entire production process. Each chapter also features helpful tips and suggested activities that, along with the companion CD, help solidify the skills learned. Readers will learn many musical concepts that will enhance the creative process and foster a versatile approach to sequencing and composition.

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Contents

Setting Up a Project Studio
30
Introduction to MIDI
54
Sequencing Concepts
91
CHAPTERS Digital Recording Concepts
122
Music Synthesis
148
LoopBased Production
175
Music Notation
191
Practical Music Theory
213
Sequencing Bass and Drum Grooves
266
Contemporary Keyboard Techniques
282
Music Composition
309
RealWorld Arranging
338
Electronic Orchestration
359
Recordings and Scores
378
Emerald City
388
Sources
504

Chord and Scale Relationships
234
The Linear Process
254
Copyright

About the author (2006)

For the past twenty years, Brent Edstrom has utilized music technology as an integral part of an active career as a performer, composer, arranger, transcriber, and music synthesist. Highlights of industry work include hundreds of arrangements and transcriptions for the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation, music for industrial films and regional television, arrangements for symphony orchestra, and session work for a wide variety of recording projects. In the realm of traditional composition, his pieces have been featured at universities and major festivals such as the International Trumpet Guild. His theoretical work includes an ongoing publishing project on the topic of music notation algorithms in C++. Edstrom currently works as a freelance arranger for the Hal Leonard Corporation and coordinates the music theory and composition program at Whitworth College.

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