The Cambridge companion to electronic music

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Collins, Nick, Escrivan RincoĢn, Julio d', 1957-
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: Cambridge companions to music.
Online Access: Online version
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This volume serves as a valuable introduction to the culturally dispersed, often esoteric world of electronic music. Each chapter examines an important theme, and these range from algorithmic composition to the psychology of electronic music, film and video game music, and the evolving spaces in which electronic music is made. Although the contributors focus on modern practice, they do present a history of the foundational ideas behind topics, a few reaching back as far as ancient Greece. The book is not intended to provide a comprehensive history of the genre but instead a way to explore many of the primary contexts and methods that surround the creation of contemporary electronic music. Chapters vary significantly in quality of writing and approach, but all favor practical examination over theory and are readily accessible to anyone with a basic understanding of contemporary music. Collins and d'Escrivan also include short statements from 30 prominent composers of electronic music. This is an indispensible resource for newcomers hoping to gain a practical understanding of the culture and creation of contemporary electronic music. Summing Up: Essential. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students. B. A. Hunter University of Idaho

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