Fifty Years of Computer Music: Ideas of the Past Speak to the Future

  • John Chowning
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-85035-9_1

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4969)
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Chowning J. (2008) Fifty Years of Computer Music: Ideas of the Past Speak to the Future. In: Kronland-Martinet R., Ystad S., Jensen K. (eds) Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Sense of Sounds. CMMR 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4969. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

The use of the computer to analyze and synthesize sound in two early forms, additive and FM synthesis, led to new thoughts about synthesizing sound spectra, tuning and pitch. Detached from their traditional association with the timbre of acoustic instruments, spectra become structured and associated with pitch in ways that are unique to the medium of computer music.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Chowning
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  1. 1.CCRMA, Department of MusicStanford UniversityStanford

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