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Interactive Composition

Interactive Composition empowers readers with all of the practical skills and insights needed to compose and perform electronic popular music in a variety of popular styles. This book focuses on the implementation of compositional and production concepts with each chapter culminating in a newly composed piece created by the reader using these concepts. The book begins by introducing Ableton Live and Max for Live as the key tools involved in the creation of interactive composition. The following chapters describe particular musical styles ranging from ambient to chiptune to house to dubsteb and the ways one might compose and perform within these styles through the software. As readers progresses through the book, they will learn to use the software to facilitate their compositional objectives.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Preface ; Chapter 1: Introduction to Interactive Composition ; Chapter 2: Session View ; Chapter 3: Introduction to Max for Live ; Chapter 4: Ambient ; Chapter 5: Pop & Rock Music ; Chapter 6: Electro-acoustic Music ; Chapter 7 - Hip Hop & Trap Music ; Chapter 8 - House Music ; Chapter 9 - Breakbeat/Drum & Bass ; Chapter 10 - Chiptune ; Chapter 11 - Granular Synthesis ; Chapter 12 - Dubstep ; Chapter 13 - Remixing & Loop Sampling ; Chapter 14 - Mastering ; Chapter 15: Analysis of Projects ; Bibliography ; Index

About the Author

V.J. Manzo is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Cognition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and author of MAX/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011). Will Kuhn is the Department Chair and Music Technology instructor at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio. His lab-based courses, as well as the school's Electronic Music Group, are regularly featured at regional music education events.


The authors' simple and direct approach to teaching how to use these powerful tools within a single environment will empower anyone to experiment with his/her own musical creativity and expressiveness. * Morton Subotnik *

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