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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
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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Most chapters require a good understanding of engineering and maths, as this is University course material. For example convolution and delay-lines are explained with mathematical theory behind the topics and practical applications.
All in all an excellent book, well worth the read if you are just getting into Music and Computing.
Great book.not only for starters.highly recommended.