- The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music
- Introduction: The Many Futures of Computer Music
- A Historical View of Computer Music Technology
- Early Hardware and Early Ideas in Computer Music: Their Development and Their Current Forms
- Sound Synthesis Using Computers
- Computational Approaches to Composition of Notated Instrumental Music: Xenakis and the Other Pioneers
- Envisaging Improvisation in Future Computer Music
- Computer Music: Some Reflections
- Some Notes on My Electronic Improvisation Practice
- Combining the Acoustic and the Digital: Music for Instruments and Computers or Prerecorded Sound
- Dancing the Music: Interactive Dance and Music
- Gesture and Morphology in Laptop Music Performance
- Sensor-Based Musical Instruments and Interactive Music
- Spatialization and Computer Music
- The Voice in Computer Music and Its Relationship to Place, Identity, and Community
- Algorithmic Synesthesia
- An Introduction to Data Sonification
- Generative Algorithms for Making Music: Emergence, Evolution, and Ecosystems
- Computational Modeling of Music Cognition and Musical Creativity
- Soundspotting: A New Kind of Process?
- Interactivity and Improvisation
- From Outside the Window: Electronic Sound Performance
- Empirical Studies of Computer Sound
- Toward the Gender Ideal
- Sound-Based Music 4 All
- Framing Learning Perspectives in Computer Music Education
- Appendix: A Chronology of Computer Music and Related Events
Abstract and Keywords
The great adventure of music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is the use of computers. There have been enormous challenges to overcome for the pioneers of computer music, from original and unique technical requirements to new aesthetics. The result of these developments is now a dominant musical activity. There is no linear trajectory or chronology to the history of computer music; it consists of a disparate conglomerate of discrete events. However, it is this milieu of events that makes computer music possible. Whatever the case, it was mostly a trail of small and uncoordinated steps that led to this use of computers in music. Ideas relating to complex compositional techniques, sound synthesis, musical instrument design, microtonality, and the enthralling power of the computation machine all contributed to a climate in which “computer music” emerged.
Paul Doornbusch, Victoria University, Wellington.
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