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Introduction to Computer Music [Paperback]

Nick Collins
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6 Nov 2009 0470714557 978-0470714553 1
A must–have introduction that bridges the gap between music and computing The rise in number of composer–programmers has given cause for an essential resource that addresses the gap between music and computing and looks at the many different software packages that deal with music technology. This up–to–date book fulfills that demand and deals with both the practical use of technology in music as well as the principles behind the discipline. Aimed at musicians exploring computers and technologists engaged with music, this unique guide merges the two worlds so that both musicians and computer scientists can benefit. Defines computer music and offers a solid introduction to representing music on a computer Examines computer music software, the musical instrument digital interface, virtual studios, file formats, and more Shares recording tips and tricks as well as exercises at the end of each section to enhance your learning experience Reviews sound analysis, processing, synthesis, networks, composition, and modeling Assuming little to no prior experience in computer programming, this engaging book is an ideal starting point for discovering the beauty that can be created when technology and music unite.  

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (6 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470714557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470714553
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We live in a digital era where computers can be involved in all aspects of music production, performance and dissemination. Computers have inspired and realised new music, and support novel ways to analyse and model existing music. An up–to–date, core undergraduate text, Introduction to Computer Music deals with both the practical use of technology in music and the key principles underpinning the discipline. It targets both musicians exploring computers, and technologists engaging with music, and does so in the confidence that both groups can learn tremendously from the cross–disciplinary encounter. It is designed to approach computer music as its own subject and strongly bridge the arts to computing divide, benefiting and reconciling both musicians and computer scientists. Key features include – An essential first point of reference introduction to the field. – An emphasis on accessibility and a strong didactic approach. – Applicability to many different software packages without dependence on any single one – Pathways through the book to avoid or embrace mathematical detail You will need little or no prior experience of computer programming itself, and may not have an extensive background in mathematics or music, but this highly engaging textbook will help you master many disciplines at once, with a focus on both fascinating theories and exciting practical applications. Nick Collins is a lecturer in computer music at the University of Sussex, running the BA and BSc music informatics degree programmes.

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Dr Nick Collins is a composer, performer and researcher in the field of computer music. He lectures at the University of Sussex, running the music informatics degree programmes and research group. Research interests include machine listening, interactive and generative music, audiovisual performance, sound synthesis and music psychology. He co–edited the Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music (Cambridge University Press), and is fond of the non sequitur. He is an experienced pianist and computer music performer, and active in both instrumental and electronic music composition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a well written mix of the ingredients involved 12 Feb 2010
I am looking to teach a course on the use of mathematics in music and there is lots here that I can use. For me, mathematics is absolutely not a problem: what I need to be sure of is that the music part is real. There is just enough maths here for me to follow through with other texts, and to be clear that I understand just what the maths is doing. Also, I thought this was sufficiently well written that my students could read this for one of their project choices.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 2 Oct 2013
By ana
The book is called Introduction to...but it is much more than obviously you can go and research further but I found this book a great wide view into music computer science.
Great book.not only for starters.highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Guide 6 Nov 2011
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This has been one of my favourite textbooks while at uni. Having been taught by Nick Collins myself this guide covers all the basics of Computer Music from Sound Theory, DSP, Algorithmic Composition and some background information on Electronic Music styles.

There are some chapters that do require a good undertanding of Maths for example Convolution and Delay-lines are explained with Mathmatical theory behind the topics.

All in all an excellent book, well worth the read if you are just getting into Music and Computing.
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