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Description - Composing Interactive Music by Todd Winkler

Interactive music refers to a composition or improvization in which software interprets live performances to produce music generated or modified by computers. The author presents both the technical and aesthetic possibilities of this area of computer music. Todd Winkler's own numerous compositions have been the laboratory for the research and development that resulted in this book. The author's examples use a graphical programming language called Max. Each example in the text is accompanied by a picture of how it appears on the computer screen. The same examples are included as software on the accompanying CD-ROM, playable on a Macintosh computer with a MIDI keyboard. Although this book is aimed at those interested in writing music and software using Max, the casual reader can learn the basic concepts of interactive compositions by just reading the text, without running any software. The book concludes with a discussion of late-1990s multimedia work incorporating projected images and video playback with sound for concert performances and art installations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262731393
ISBN-10: 0262731398
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 175mm x 20mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Todd Winkler

Todd Winkler is an award-winning composer whose works for interactive technology and mixed media have been performed at major international festivals. He is Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University, where he is Director of the MacColl Studios for Electronic Music.