Roads, Curtis


The Computer Music Tutorial

Cambridge, MA: MIT Press

Language(s): English


Spectral Analysis Computing Data Reduction Computer Music Digital Music Electroacoustic Music Electronic Music Psychoacoustics Signal Processing Sound Production and Manipulation [SPM]


This comprehensive book presents a broad and detailed overview of the theory and practice of computer music; including: digital audio concepts, music systems programming, sound synthesis, digital signal processing, sound analysis, musician interfaces, system schematics and psychoacoustics. Although some sections do open technical “black boxes” revealing the inner workings of hardware and software, the content is accessible to both technical and non-technical readers/musicians and includes some discussion concerning the musical applications of certain techniques.

Table of contents:

1. Digital Audio Concepts
2. Music Systems Programming
3. Introduction to Digital Sound Synthesis
4. Sampling with Additive Synthesis
5. Multiple Wavetable, Wave Terrain, Granular, and Subtractive Synthesis
6. Modulation Synthesis
7. Physical Modeling and Formant Synthesis
8. Waveform Segment, Graphic, and Stochastic Synthesis
9. Sound Mixing
10. Basic Concepts of Signal Processing
11. Sound Spatialization and Reverberation
12. Pitch and Rhythm Recognition
13. Spectrum Analysis
14. Musical Input Devices
15. Performance Software
16. Music Editors
17. Music Languages
18. Algorithmic Composition Software
19. Representations of Strategies for Algorithmic Composition
20. Internals of Digital Signal Processors
21. MIDI
22. System Interconnections
23. Psychoacoustics in Computer Music
Appendix. Fourier Analysis

All references of the same author:


Roads, Curtis (1978). An Interview with Gottfried Michael Koenig
Roads, Curtis (1979). Grammars as Representations for Music
Roads, Curtis (1980a). Artificial Intelligence and Music
Roads, Curtis (1980b). Interview with Marvin Minsky
Roads, Curtis (1980c). Interview with Max Matthews
Roads, Curtis (1982). A Conversation with James A. Moorer
Roads, Curtis (1983). Interview with Paul Lansky
Roads, Curtis (1985b). Improvisation with George Lewis
Roads, Curtis (1985c). Research in Music and Artificial Intelligence
Roads, Curtis (1986a). Symposium on Computer Music Composition
Roads, Curtis (1986b). The Tsukaba Musical Robot
ROADS, Curtis (1986c). Ricerche sulla musica e l'intelligenza artificiale (Musical research and artificial intelligence)
Roads, Curtis (1987). Interview with Dexter Morrill
Roads, Curtis (1988a). Interview with Morton Subotnik
Roads, Curtis (1988b). Introduction to Granular Synthesis
Roads, Curtis (1990). La recherche musicale : mythe et réalité
Roads, Curtis (1992a). Composition with Machines
Roads, Curtis (1992b). Des instruments pour un son organisé
Roads, Curtis (1993). Musical Sound Transformation by Convolution
Roads, Curtis (1995). The Golden Age
Roads, Curtis (1996a). Early Electronic Music Instruments: Time Line 1899-1950
Roads, Curtis (1996b). Materials and Montage in Clang-tint
Roads, Curtis (2001a). Microsound
Roads, Curtis (2001b). The Time Domain
Roads, Curtis (2003). Réflexions sur la musique électronique aujourd'hui
Roads, Curtis (2005). The Art of Articulation: The Electroacoustic Music of Horacio Vaggione


Roads, Curtis (1990). La recherche musicale : mythe et réalité
Roads, Curtis (1992b). Des instruments pour un son organisé
Roads, Curtis (2003). Réflexions sur la musique électronique aujourd'hui


ROADS, Curtis (1986c). Ricerche sulla musica e l'intelligenza artificiale