Electronic and Computer Music (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780199746392

Peter Manning
576 Pages
167 x 238 mm
Pub date
Jun 2013
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In this new edition of the classic text on the history and evolution of electronic music, Peter Manning extends the definitive account of the medium from its birth to include key developments from the dawn of the 21st century to the present day. After explaining the antecedents of electronic music from the turn of the 20th century to the Second World War, Manning discusses the emergence of the early 'classical' studios of the 1950s, and the subsequent evolution of more advanced analogue technologies during the 1960s and '70s, leading in turn to the birth and development of the MIDI synthesizer. Attention then turns to the characteristics of the digital revolution, from the pioneering work of Max Mathews at Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1950s to the wealth of resources available today, facilitated by the development of the personal computer and allied digital technologies. The scope and extent of the technical and creative developments that have taken place since the late 1990s are considered in an extended series of new and updated chapters. These include topics such as the development of the digital audio workstation, laptop music, the Internet, and the emergence of new performance interfaces. Manning offers a critical perspective of the medium in terms of 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 non-commercial sectors to provide readers with the most comprehensive resource available on the evolution of this ever-expanding area of creativity.


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1 The Background, to 1945
I. Developments from 1945 to 1960
2 Paris and Musique Concrete
3 Cologne and Electronische Musik
4 Milan and Elsewhere in Europe
5 America
II. New Horizons in Electronic Design
6 The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer
III. The Electronic Repertory from 1960
7 Works for Tape
8 Live Electronic Music
9 Rock and Pop Electronic Music
IV. The Digital Revolution to 1980
10 The Foundations of Computer Music
11 From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity
12 The Microprocessor Revolution
V. Digital Audio
13 The Characteristics of Digital Audio
14 The Development of the MIDI Communications Protocol
From Analog to Digital: The Evolution of MIDI Hardware
16 From Microcomputer to Music Computer: The MIDI Perspective
17 Further Advances in Hardware Design
18 The Changing Fortunes of the MIDI Manufacturing Sector
VII. Desktop Synthesis and Signal Processing
19 From Minicomputer to Advanced Computer Workstation
20 The Personal Computer
21 The Digital Audio Workstation
22 Laptop Music and Related Activities
23 Synthesis, Signal Processing, and Spatialization
24 Performance Controllers: Evolution and Change
VIII. Global Networking
25 The Internet
26 Conclusion

About the author: 

Peter Manning completed a doctorate in electronic and computer music at the University of Durham in 1977, and has been director of the Electronic Music Studio since 1980. In addition to writing books and articles on the history and development of the medium he has directed several research programs into new technologies for 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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