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Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques and Controls Paperback – Dec 1982

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US; 2nd Revised edition edition (Dec. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0697036022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0697036025
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acquaints composers, musicians, and music lovers with the technical aspects of electronic music production.

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The book is in very good condition. Only the German customs needed time. So the parcel was 5 weeks on the way.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
And _why_ is this out of print? 2 Jun. 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Allan Strange's book is perhaps the definitive text on modular synthesis methods, written from a standpoint that's musically understandable, as opposed to requiring a part-background in electronic engineering to understand. Not that Strange doesn't go into the engineering concepts; he most certainly does, but everything here is treated in such a balanced, even manner that allows those interested in the musical concepts to have their desire for information satiated, and those looking for engineering concepts will find the book equally well-ordered. Useful both as a textbook and a reference document, the book also contains numerous illustrations and diagrams of modules by Moog, ARP, Buchla et al. I consider this to be an invaluable work for those exploring modular or most any other analog synthesis methods, and I also consider it nigh-criminal that such an important work should be allowed to go out of print. Someone should pick this back up and reissue it!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Out of print but can be ordered direct from the publisher for little. 17 May 2008
By A.C. - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book can be ordered from McGraw-Hill's Higher Education eBookstore in PDF format for $15.23. I downloaded my pdf copy from them in about 15 mins. Just register, pay and download.
If I'm right, this textbook is still being used to this day in academia hence it's availability through their site only. You may also get binded copies for you and your students for a good price if you happen to be a teacher.
I hope Mcgraw-hill considers reprinting this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Definitive Text On Analog Synthesis 1 Nov. 2003
By M. Valls - Published on
Format: Paperback
From the basics to the most advanced techniques for sound synthesis, this is the definitive text. I do not have the faintest notion as to why this book is out of print.
Every bit of information in its 150 or so pages is as current for the understanding and programming of todays virtual and hardware synths as it was to the modular synths of the 70's when this book was written. It is an incredibly easy read considering the depth of the information presented.
As an example, in reading this book, I now understand how and why I can use a ring modulator as an audio gate. Ever wonder why you can reproduce a 20 kHz sine wave with only two samples if sampling at 40kHz as per the Nyquist criterion. The straightforward explanation of the concepts of electronic signals will help you in the understanding. I feel comfortable with additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, what FM is, what AM is and how these techniques are applicable in generating and sculpting electronic sounds.
Although originally this book sold for around $8.00 it is def. worth $100+.
Find a copy of this book -if you love creating electronic music. With any freeware synth (there are so many available on line -Crystal 2, Synth1, SynC are favorites) you will never be bored. Never use presets again. Create and understand the design of sound!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great text to understand synthesis concepts 24 April 2012
By Ronald E. Carlson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have the 1972 edition published by Wm. C. Brown - borrowed it from my music teacher (Mrs. Reissen, if you want the book back get in touch) - and learned a ton of things on synthesis. Mr. Strange does a commendable job explaining the hows and whys. I would agree with the other reviewers on it's applicability to todays synths. This is basic, root stuff you need to know. I learned on an ARP Odyssey - and then on to a Sequential Pro-One. This book helped me "visualize" what was happening when adjustments were made. I think the only thing I found "quaint" was the example of the Beatles' "Her Majesty" being used to illustrate "panning". I personally would have picked "Crosstown Traffic" or "2000 Light Years from Home" amongst others. The fact that the whole tune moved from one side to the other was most likely Mr. Strange's raison d'etre - I can't (and don't) fault him there anyway. If you are interested in synthesis beyond presets this is the book to get.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Old skool" 17 Jun. 2001
By Erin Ptacek - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have not been entirely surprised to see a renascence of analog synth in popular music. This book is particularly useful for anyone looking to understand the various aspects of sound synthesis and loaded with diagrams (my favorites are the patch diagrams). I haven't found too many other books that describe how the sounds are constructed rather than how to play the instrument. I do not let this book leave my house.
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