Electronic and Computer Music / Edition 3

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In this revised and expanded 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 in terms of both 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 noncommercial sectors to provide readers with the most comprehensive resource available on this ever-evolving subject.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Provides a remarkable breadth of scientifically oriented information for advanced students and practitioners in the field who need to understand how the current technological landscape came about. This new edition, along with the earlier editions, belongs in academic music research libraries as well as relevant science collections...Highly recommended." —Choice

Reviews of the Previous Edition:

"This is a thoroughly recommended book which covers the enormous field with commendable organization." —Tempo

"This is a deeply informed and lucidly written book. In its detailed information and balanced treatment, this book has no rivals." —Hi Fi News and Record Review

"Manning's carefully documented history and development of electronic and computer music provides an updated version of the 1985 edition. An extensive bibliography, discography, and index complete this informative account of the history and development of electronic and computer music." —International Journal of Music Education

"The greatest contribution of Manning's book to the knowledge of electronic music lies in the impressive mastery of technical detail he displays . This book provides invaluable background information and may function as a regularly consulted encyclopedia." —Technology and Culture

"Electronic and Computer Music is well-researched and clearly written . There isn't a better book out there in English that presents the history of this field as clearly or comprehensively." —Computer Music Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195170856
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/29/2004
  • Edition description: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Manning is director of the Electronic Music Studio at The University of Durham, UK, a position he has held since 1980. In addition to writing books and articles on the history and development of the medium he has directed several research programs into computer music and composed a number of electroacoustic works that have been widely performed in Europe, the Far East, and America.

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Table of Contents

1 The Background to 1945 3
I Developments from 1945 to 1960
2 Paris and Musique Concrete 19
3 Cologne and Elcktronische Musik 39
4 Milan and Elsewhere in Europe 68
5 America 74
II New Horizons in Electronic Design
6 The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer 101
III The Electronic Repertory from 1960
7 Works for Tape 135
8 Live Electronic Music 157
9 Rock and Pop Electronic Music 168
IV The Digital Revolution to 1980
10 The Foundations of Computer Music 181
11 From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity 197
12 The Microprocessor Revolution 217
V Digital Audio
13 The Characteristics of Digital Audio 245
14 The Development of the MIDI Communications Protocol 263
15 From Analog to Digital: The Evolution of MIDI Hardware 279
16 From Microcomputer to Music Computer: the MIDI Dimension 312
17 The Horizons for MIDI-based Technologies 329
VII Desktop Synthesis and Signal Processing
18 Personal Computers and Sound Processing 347
19 Music Workstations and Related Computing Architectures 361
VIII The Expanding Perspective
20 Performance Controllers 377
21 New Horizons in Synthesis and Signal Processing Software 386
22 Conclusion 401
Notes 409
Bibliography 423
Discography 427
Index 451
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