Microsound

Microsound

by Curtis Roads
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262681544

ISBN-13: 9780262681544

Pub. Date: 09/01/2004

Publisher: MIT Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262681544
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
BK&CD-ROM
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
597,910
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Acknowledgmentsix
Overviewxi
1Time Scales of Music1
2The History of Microsound from Antiquity to the analog Era43
3Granular Synthesis85
4Varieties of Particle Synthesis119
5Transformation of Microsound179
6Windowed Analysis and Transformation235
7Microsound in Composition301
8Aesthetics of Composing with Microsound325
9Conclusion349
References353
Appendixes
Appendix AThe Cloud Generator Program383
Appendix BSound Examples on the CD389
Name Index399
Subject Index403

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