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The Theory and Techniques of Electronic Music

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This is the first book to develop both the theory and the practice of synthesizing musical sounds using computers. Each chapter starts with a theoretical description of one technique or problem area and ends with a series of working examples (over 100 in all), covering a wide range of applications. A unifying approach is taken throughout; chapter two, for example, treats b ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by World Scientific Publishing Company (first published May 23rd 2007)
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Greg
Feb 11, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone ready to learn about making noises and controlling those noises.
This is a hard book. It assumes a very strong background in at least trig, and I feel like the author intentionally avoids calculus to avoid intimidating the reader, instead resorting to slightly-awkward ways to discuss sampling a waveform in the first couple chapters, for example.

The discussion of waveshaping/fm/phase distortion/phase modeling/etc. is unique, even just insofar as it isn't a tutorial on building your own really boring FM synthesizer along the lines of a low-end Yamaha keyboard f
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If you're just a musician/composer getting into electronic music and DSP: this will kill your brain.
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