Must-reading for all interested in the world of web-based music Highlights diverse artists from John Cage to Moby to Scanner Includes unique CD sampler highlighting the composers and works discussed in the book Virtual Music: How the Web Got Wiredfor Soundis a personal story of how one composer has created new music on the web, a history of interactive music, and a guide for aspiring musicians who want to harness the new creative opportunities offered by web composing. ForBill Duckworth, the journey began in 1996 when he developed the idea for an interactive webcast, named "Cathedral," which was developed over a period of 5 years. On its completion, "Cathedral" won numerous awards, including the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for composition, and has already inspired further experimentation. But this is more than the story of one composer or one piece of music. The book traces the development of interactive music through the 20th centuryfrom Erik Satie through John Cage, Brian Eno, Moby, and Scanner. The technology itself is described as it has inspired experimentation by artists, including composers who have developed new ways to involve the audience in their music, plus possibilities for the non-musically trained to "play the Web." Challenges facing the web composer-from copyright issues to commercialization-are analyzed with new solutions suggested. Virtual Musicis a fascinating story that will appeal to fans of new music, creators, performers, and anyone interested in how technology is transforming the arts. Also includes a 4-page color insert.
"Speaking of the web, if you are curious about the history of web-based music, I'd recommend the freshly published, "Virtual Music: How the Web Got Wired for Sound. . . the book traces the development of interactive music through the 20th century from Erik Satie through John Cage, Brian Eno, Moby, and others. The technology itself is described as it has inspired experimentation by artists, including composers who have developed new ways to involve the audience in their music, plus possibilities for the non-musically trained to 'play the Web'."
-Scanner, on his webblog
"An electronic composer himself, Duckworth begins with the history of "interactive music," including artists such as John Cage and Erik Satie, and rockets into the future with pioneers such as Brian Eno and Moby, exploring the many ways the Internet has changed the mode of distribution for artists, as well as the unique opportunities it presents for a sort of virtual studio and a creative tool unlike any other in the history of recorded sound."
-Jim Derogatis, Chicago Sun Times
"An intriguing survey of the science and musics of sound in a new environment