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Introduction and History
Connecting Music, Nature, and Number
Computer Music History
Algorithms and Programming
The Computer as a Musical Instrument
Software Used in This Book
"Bill Manaris and Andrew Brown have created this marvelous book
that will engage and inspire you to learn more about the science
and art of creating music through computation. ... Bill and Andrew
offer an accessible path into a wonderful world that is both as
modern as your new laptop and as ancient as Plato. In that world of
music and mathematics, they construct a sandbox of computational
tools. They encourage you to create, compose music, and play with
patterns and data."
-From the Foreword by Mark Guzdial, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Making Music with Computers by Bill Manaris and Andrew
Brown is a perfect accompaniment to programming music with the
computer language Python. Written clearly, succinctly, and
including many appropriate diagrams, this book is a must for anyone
desiring to create their own applications for composing and making
music. First rate in every way."
-David Cope, Computer Composition Pioneer and Professor Emeritus, Music Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
"This is an impressive text. Its material is accessible to a
reader who may know little to nothing about either music or
computing/programming. The text has the characteristics of an
agile, graceful delivery, quite a breadth of topics, and numerous
apt, helpful, and often imaginative example programs.
Early chapters clearly and economically explain the elements of music, its terminology and notation, and the elements of compositional structure (notes, phrases, parts, and scores). Evidence of the musical reach of the book is given by the authors' precis to the middle chapter: 'Randomness and creativity, indeterminism, serialism, stochastic music, and ... generative music.' Eventually they exemplify such topics as sonification, as put to the purpose of giving an alternative representation of a large data set, also interactive music generation, and the creation of musical compositions as inspired by natural phenomena such as the flocking behavior of birds, or inspired by mathematics, such as fractals.
The authors use the programming language Jython with a focus on music; they provide the software libraries to do this via downloads. The explication of Jython is effortless, even breezy, also unfussy, but with a thoroughness that positions the reader well to start wedding the computer to one's musical interests. By the end of the text the authors have discussed the use of functions, software design principles, recursion, GUIs and event-driven programming, and the defining of classes.
Special mention should be given to the book's examples. There are numerous, tidy, complete, and working Jython programs throughout the text, which the reader can duplicate and run. They serve both as exemplars of Jython programming, which the reader can learn from and emulate as well as be inspirations for composing one's own computer-generated music."
-William A. Greene, Professor Emeritus, Computer Science Department, University of New Orleans