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The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music : Cambridge Companions to Music - Nick Collins

The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music

Cambridge Companions to Music

By: Nick Collins (Editor), Julio d'Escrivan (Editor)


Published: 11th February 2008
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Musicians are always quick to adopt and explore new technologies. The fast-paced changes wrought by electrification, from the microphone via the analogue synthesiser to the laptop computer, have led to a wide diversity of new musical styles and techniques. Electronic music has grown to a broad field of investigation, taking in historical movements such as musique concrete and elektronische musik, and contemporary trends such as electronic dance music and electronica.

A fascinating array of composers and inventors have contributed to a diverse set of technologies, practices and music. This book brings together some novel threads through this scene, from the viewpoint of researchers at the forefront of the sonic explorations empowered by electronic technology.

The chapters provide accessible and insightful overviews of core topic areas and uncover some hitherto less publicised corners of worldwide movements. Recent areas of intense activity such as audiovisuals, live electronic music, interactivity and network music are actively promoted.

"This is an indispensable resource for newcomers hoping to gain a practical understanding of the culture and creation of contemporary electronic music." --Choice

List of illustrations and figuresp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Chronologyp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Electronic music in context
The origins of electronic musicp. 7
Electronic music and the studiop. 24
Live electronic musicp. 38
A history of programming and musicp. 55
Artists' statements Ip. 72
Laurie Spiegelp. 72
Yasunao Tonep. 73
John Oswaldp. 74
Mathias Gmachl (Farmer's Manual)p. 75
Erdem Helvacioglup. 76
Pauline Oliverosp. 76
Chris Jeffsp. 77
Rodrigo Sigalp. 77
Mira Calixp. 78
Denis Smalleyp. 78
Seong-Ah Shinp. 82
Carsten Nicolaip. 82
Warren Burtp. 84
Max Mathewsp. 85
Electronic music in practice
Interactivity and live computer musicp. 89
Algorithmic compositionp. 107
Live audiovisualsp. 126
Network musicp. 140
Electronic music and the moving imagep. 156
Musical robots and listening machinesp. 171
Artists' statements IIp. 185
Kevin Saundersonp. 185
Kanta Horiop. 185
Donna Hewittp. 186
Alejandro Vinaop. 186
Bubblyfishp. 188
Barry Truaxp. 189
Lukas Ligeti (Burkina Electric)p. 191
Christina Kubischp. 191
Murat Ertelp. 192
Adina Izarrap. 193
CybOrkp. 193
Francis Dhomontp. 194
David Behrmanp. 195
Kevin Blechdom (Kristin Erickson)p. 196
Karlheinz Stockhausenp. 198
George E. Lewisp. 198
Analysis and synthesis
Computer generation and manipulation of soundsp. 203
The psychology of electronic musicp. 218
Trends in electroacoustic musicp. 232
Notesp. 256
Referencesp. 264
Indexp. 280
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ISBN: 9780521688659
ISBN-10: 0521688655
Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 11th February 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.5  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.567