The Handbook of Musical Codes
Edited by Eleanor Selfridge-Field
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Beyond MIDI by Eleanor Selfridge-Field
Book DescriptionThe establishment of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) in the late 1980s allowed hobbyists and musicians to experiment with sound control in ways that previously had been possible only in research studios. MIDI is now the most prevalent representation of music, but what it represents is based on hardware control protocols for sound synthesis. Programs that support sound input for graphics output necessarily span a gamut of representational categories. What is most likely to be lost is any sense of the musical work. Thus, for those involved in pedagogy, analysis, simulation, notation, and music theory, the nature of the representation matters a great deal. An understanding of the data requirements of different applications is fundamental to the creation of interchange codes.The contributors to Beyond MIDI present a broad range of schemes, illustrating a wide variety of approaches to music representation. Generally, each chapter describes the history and intended purposes of the code, a description of the representation of the primary attributes of music (pitch, duration, articulation, ornamentation, dynamics, and timbre), a description of the file organization, some mention of existing data in the format, resources for further information, and at least one encoded example. The book also shows how intended applications influence the kinds of musical information that are encoded.Contributors : David Bainbridge, Ulf Berggren, Roger D. Boyle, Donald Byrd, David Cooper, Edmund Correia, Jr., David Cottle, Tim Crawford, J. Stephen Dydo, Brent A. Field, Roger Firman, John Gibson, Cindy Grande, Lippold Haken, Thomas Hall, David Halperin, Philip Hazel, Walter B. Hewlett, John Howard, David Huron, Werner Icking, David Jaffe, Bettye Krolick, Max V. Mathews, Toshiaki Matsushima, Steven R. Newcomb, Kia-Chuan Ng, Kjell E. Nordli, Sile O'Modhrain, Perry Roland, Helmut Schaffrath, Bill Schottstaedt, Eleanor Selfrdige-Field, Peer Sitter, Donald Sloan, Leland Smith, Andranick Tanguiane, Lynn M. Trowbridge, Frans Wiering.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262193948
(234mm x 188mm x 43mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eleanor Selfridge-Field
Music Analysis East and West, Paperback (August 2006)
Computing approaches to the representation, interchange, and analysis of musical repertories that do not use conventional notation--in particular, early Western European music and the art music of non-Western cultures.
Virtual Score, Paperback (January 2002)
An overview of approaches to working with musical scores in the age of computer--and especially Internet--applications.
Melodic Similarity, Paperback (March 1999)» View all books by Eleanor Selfridge-Field
his volume covers a wide range of approaches to fundamental questions about music, such as: What is similarity in music? How do we recognize it? How can we program computers to recognize it?
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Author Biography - Eleanor Selfridge-Field
Peter Feaver is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duke University and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.
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