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Electronic and Computer Music - Peter Manning

Electronic and Computer Music


Published: 29th January 2004
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In this revised and expanded third edition of the classic text on the history and evolution of electronic and computer music, Peter Manning provides the definitive account of the medium from its birth to the present day.
After explaining the antecedents of electronic music from the turn of the century to the Second World War, Manning discusses the emergence of early "classical" studios of the 1950s. He goes on to chronicle the upsurge of creative activity during the 1960s and 70s in the analog domain, as well as with live electronic music and the early use of electronics in rock and pop music. This edition contains new information about software innovations, digital media and the essential features of digital and audio control, the MIDI synthesizer and its many derivatives, and the evolution of computer workstations and multimedia personal computers.
Manning offers a critical perspective of the medium both in terms of its musical output and the philosophical and technical features that have shaped its growth. Emphasizing the functional characteristics of emerging technologies and their influence on the creative development of the medium, Manning covers key developments in both commercial and the non-commercial sectors to provide readers with the most comprehensive resource available on this ever-evolving subject.

Illustrations: 1: The Background, to 1945 Developments from 1945 to 1960: 2: Paris and Musique Concrete 3: Cologne and Electronische Musik 4: Milan and Elsewhere in Europe 5: America New Horizons in Electronic Design: 6: The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer 7: Works for Tape 8: Live Electronic Music 9: Rock and Pop Electronic Music The Digital Revolution to 1980: 10: The Foundations of Computer Music 11: From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity i: Software Synthesis and Computer-Assisted Composition ii: Hybrid Synthesis 12: The Microprocessor Revolution Fundamentals of Digital Audio and Control: 13: The Characteristics of Digital Audio MIDI: 14: The Development of the MIDI Communications Protocol 15: From Analog to Digital: The Evolution of MIDI Hardware i: The Pioneering Phase, to 1983 ii: The Development of the MIDI Sampler iii: New Directions in Synthesizer Architectures iv: Beyond the Keyboard: Alternative Performance Controllers v: Other MIDI-Related Hardware 16: From Microcomputer to Music Computer: The MIDI Dimension 17: New Horizons for MIDI-based Technologies Desktop Synthesis and Signal Processing: 18: Personal Computers and Sound Processing 19: Music Workstations and Related Computing Architectures The Expanding Perspective: 20: Performance Controllers 21: New Horizons in Synthesis and Signal Processing Software 22: Conclusion Note: Bibliography: Discography: Index:

ISBN: 9780195170856
ISBN-10: 0195170857
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 474
Published: 29th January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Type: Revised