By Charles Dodge, Thomas A. Jerse
This article displays the present country of laptop know-how and track composition. The authors supply transparent, sensible overviews of application languages, real-time synthesizers, electronic filtering, synthetic intelligence, and lots more and plenty extra.
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Extra resources for Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance, 2nd Ed.
Many of the commercially available programs for processing music are called sequencers because they control a sequence of events. 19 The pro gram ran on a minicomputer and provided the signals required to drive an analog syn thesizer. A particularly useful feature was the ability to compile the actions of a performer and then make the record available for editing. In this way, Max Mathews was able to implement his Conductor Program which divided the activities into three steps: (1) score input, (2) rehearsal, and (3) performance.
There are a number of systems for producing sound with granular-synthesis techniques, of which we will write in chapter 8. The second column of figure 1. 7 lists some of the software developed to take advan tage of the explosive increase in the size of disk storage in the late 1980s, allowing com puters to store sounds in digital form for subsequent modification and mixing. In fact, Cmix, listed above under sound synthesis, was one of the first computer music software packages to treat mixing on an equal footing with synthesis.
The basic storage element rec ognized by the operating system in a modern computer is the file; it may contain a pro gram, a collection of data, or both. The length of a file is determined by its contents. To execute a program that is stored in external memory, the CPU incorporates the program into the main memory by "loading" the appropriate file and then instructing itself to begin execution at the beginning of the new program. Data files may contain any type of information. A program can instruct the CPU to transfer the contents of a particular data file into the main memory for use in its operations.
Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance, 2nd Ed. by Charles Dodge, Thomas A. Jerse