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Overview

Interactive music refers to a composition or improvisation in which software interprets live performances to produce music generated or modified by computers. In Composing Interactive Music, Todd Winkler presents both the technical and aesthetic possibilities of this increasingly popular area of computer music. His own numerous compositions have been the laboratory for the research and development that resulted in this book.The author's examples use a graphical programming language called Max. Each example in the text is accompanied by a picture of how it appears on the computer screen. The same examples are included as software on the accompanying CD-ROM, playable on a Macintosh computer with a MIDI keyboard.Although the book is aimed at those interested in writing music and software using Max, the casual reader can learn the basic concepts of interactive composition by just reading the text, without running any software. The book concludes with a discussion of recent multimedia work incorporating projected images and video playback with sound for concert performances and art installations.

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"Beyond a clear and thorough introduction to Max programming,ToddWinkler's Composing Interactive Music presents and explains acomprehensive theoretical framework encompassing the major issues inthe field." Robert Rowe , Music Technology Program, New York University

"Beyond a clear and thorough introduction to Max programming,Todd Winkler's Composing Interactive Music presents andexplains a comprehensive theoretical framework encompassing themajor issues in the field." Robert Rowe , Music Technology Program, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262731393
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Winkler is an award-winning composer whose works for interactive technology and mixed media have been performed at major international festivals. He is Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University, where he is Director of the MacColl Studios for Electronic Music.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
I Introduction, History, and Theory 1
1 Introduction and Background 3
2 Interaction: Defining Relationships Between Computers and Performers 21
II Programming Foundation 39
3 Graphic Programming with Max 41
4 Program Structure and Design 71
5 Interface Design 109
III Core Components 133
6 The Computer as Listener: Analyzing and Storing Performance Data 135
7 Composer Objects 173
IV Advanced Techniques and Concepts 219
8 Sound Design 221
9 Score Objects: Compositional Strategies, Structures, and Timing Mechanisms 259
10 Interactive Multimedia and New Controllers 295
App Master List of Examples 324
References 335
Index 343
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