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Microsound : The MIT Press - Curtis Roads


The MIT Press

Paperback Published: 20th August 2004
ISBN: 9780262681544
Number Of Pages: 424
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Below the level of the musical note lies the realm of microsound, of sound particles lasting less than one-tenth of a second. Recent technological advances allow us to probe and manipulate these pinpoints of sound, dissolving the traditional building blocks of music -- notes and their intervals -- into a more fluid and supple medium. The sensations of point, pulse (series of points), line (tone), and surface (texture) emerge as particle density increases. Sounds coalesce, evaporate, and mutate into other sounds.Composers have used theories of microsound in computer music since the 1950s. Distinguished practitioners include Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. Today, with the increased interest in computer and electronic music, many young composers and software synthesis developers are exploring its advantages. Covering all aspects of composition with sound particles, Microsound offers composition theory, historical accounts, technical overviews, acoustical experiments, descriptions of musical works, and aesthetic reflections. The book is accompanied by an audio CD of examples.

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"Treats the subject of granular sound fully and deeply, and stands as the best single text on the subject ever written.... Microsound is packed with insight and stimulating ideas." - Douglas Geers, Electronic Musician

Introductionp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Overviewp. xi
Time Scales of Musicp. 1
The History of Microsound from Antiquity to the analog Erap. 43
Granular Synthesisp. 85
Varieties of Particle Synthesisp. 119
Transformation of Microsoundp. 179
Windowed Analysis and Transformationp. 235
Microsound in Compositionp. 301
Aesthetics of Composing with Microsoundp. 325
Conclusionp. 349
Referencesp. 353
The Cloud Generator Programp. 383
Sound Examples on the CDp. 389
Name Indexp. 399
Subject Indexp. 403
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ISBN: 9780262681544
ISBN-10: 0262681544
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 20th August 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 20.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.78