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The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music

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Nick Collins, Julio d'Escriván, Andrew Hugill, Margaret Schedel, Nicolas Collins, Ge Wang, Sergi Jordà, Karlheinz Essl, Amy Alexander, Julian Rohrhuber, Stefania Serafin, Petri Toiviainen, Natasha Barrett
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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521688659

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  • Musicians are always quick to adopt and explore new technologies. The fast-paced changes wrought by electrification, from the microphone via the analogue synthesiser to the laptop computer, have led to a wide diversity of new musical styles and techniques. Electronic music has grown to a broad field of investigation, taking in historical movements such as musique concrète and elektronische musik, and contemporary trends such as electronic dance music and electronica. A fascinating array of composers and inventors have contributed to a diverse set of technologies, practices and music. This book brings together some novel threads through this scene, from the viewpoint of researchers at the forefront of the sonic explorations empowered by electronic technology. The chapters provide accessible and insightful overviews of core topic areas and uncover some hitherto less publicised corners of worldwide movements. Recent areas of intense activity such as audiovisuals, live electronic music, interactivity and network music are actively promoted.

    • Includes original contributions from many international artists, including Karlheinz Stockhausen and Max Mathews
    • Chapters introduce the reader to the history and practices of electronic music, including electroacoustic music composition, perceptual aspects and sound synthesis
    • Considers recent contemporary trends and promotes new movements in this continuously evolving field
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    • Winner of the Nicolas Bessaraboff Prize 2009 for the most distinguished book-length work in English

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    "This is an indispensable resource for newcomers hoping to gain a practical understanding of the culture and creation of contemporary electronic music." --Choice

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    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521688659
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 174 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.618kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Nick Collins and Julio d'Escriván
    Part I. Electronic Music in Context:
    1. The origins of electronic music Andrew Hugill
    2. Electronic music and the studio Margaret Schedel
    3. Live electronic music Nicolas Collins
    4. A history of programming and music Ge Wang
    Artists' Statements I: Laurie Spiegel
    Yasunao Tone
    John Oswald
    Mathias Gmachl (Farmer's Manual)
    Erdem Helvacioglu
    Pauline Oliveros
    Chris Jeffs
    Rodrigo Sigal
    Mira Calix
    Denis Smalley
    Seong-Ah Shin
    Carsten Nicolai
    Warren Burt
    Max Mathews
    Part II. Electronic Music in Practice:
    5. Interactivity and live computer music Sergi Jordà
    6. Algorithmic composition Karlheinz Essl
    7. Live audiovisuals Amy Alexander and Nick Collins
    8. Network music Julian Rohrhuber
    9. Electronic music and the moving image Julio d'Escriván
    10. Musical robots and listening machines Nick Collins
    Artists' Statements II: Kevin Saunderson
    Kanta Horio
    Donna Hewitt
    Alejandro Vinao
    Barry Truax
    Lukas Ligeti (Burkina Electric)
    Christina Kubisch
    Murat Ertel
    Adina Izarra
    Francis Dhomont
    David Behrmann
    Kevin Blechdom (Kristin Erickson)
    Karlheinz Stockhausen
    George E. Lewis
    Part III. Analysis and Synthesis:
    11. Computer generation and manipulation of sounds Stefania Serafin
    12. The psychology of electronic music Petri Toiviainen
    13. Trends in electroacoustic composition Natasha Barrett

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Compositional Techniques
    • Computer and Electronic Music
    • Computer composition
    • Digital Audio Production
    • Digital Sound Production
    • Electronic Music
    • Fundamentals of Electronic Music
    • Introduction to Computer Music
    • Media Arts Production
    • Music History lll
    • Survey of Electronic Music
    • Technology & Music
  • Editors

    Nick Collins, University of Sussex

    Julio d'Escrivan, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge


    Nick Collins, Julio d'Escriván, Andrew Hugill, Margaret Schedel, Nicolas Collins, Ge Wang, Sergi Jordà, Karlheinz Essl, Amy Alexander, Julian Rohrhuber, Stefania Serafin, Petri Toiviainen, Natasha Barrett

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