The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music

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Roger T. Dean
Oxford University Press, Sep 16, 2009 - Music - 624 pages
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The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music offers a state-of-the-art cross-section of the most field-defining topics and debates in computer music today. A unique contribution to the field, it situates computer music in the broad context of its creation and performance across the range of issues - from music cognition to pedagogy to sociocultural topics - that shape contemporary discourse in the field. Fifty years after musical tones were produced on a computer for the first time, developments in laptop computing have brought computer music within reach of all listeners and composers. Production and distribution of computer music have grown tremendously as a result, and the time is right for this survey of computer music in its cultural contexts. An impressive and international array of music creators and academics discuss computer music's history, present, and future with a wide perspective, including composition, improvisation, interactive performance, spatialization, sound synthesis, sonification, and modeling. Throughout, they merge practice with theory to offer a fascinating look into computer music's possibilities and enduring appeal.
 

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Contents

The Many Futures of Computer Music
3
PART I SOME HISTORIES OF COMPUTER MUSIC AND ITS TECHNOLOGIES
9
PART II THE MUSIC
107
SOUNDING OUT
149
PART III CREATIVE AND PERFORMANCE MODES
189
PART IV COGNITION AND COMPUTATION OF COMPUTER MUSIC
381
SOUNDING OUT
455
PART V CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL ISSUES
491
A Chronology of Computer Music and Related Events
557
Index
585
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Roger Dean is Research Professor of Sonic Communication at the University of Western Sydney, and Founder and Artistic Director of austraLYSIS. He is also author of Hyperimprovisation: Computer Interactive Sound Improvisation (2003) and Sounds from the Corner: Australian Contemporary Jazz Since 1973 (2005)

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