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Composition for Computer Musicians 1st Edition

Michael Hewitt

  • Published
  • 220 Pages

Overview

You might be extremely knowledgeable about the software that you use, have a good understanding of your own genre, and even have a good basic understanding of music theory. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can write effective music tracks. You need another kind of knowledge as well – the knowledge of composition. This friendly guide explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer using any music using any music creation and recording program, whether you choose Reason, Live, Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, FL Studio, SONAR, or anything else. It's not as hard as it sounds, and this book eases the learning curve so you'll be making music in no time. You’ll quickly learn how to program rhythm and drums, create basslines and melodic leads, and use FX and samples. You'll also learn about mixing and mastering your track and distributing it to a mass audience. Composition for Computer Musicians explains it all while showing you the basics of music theory throughout so you'll be sure you're not just making noise on the computer – you're using your computer to make professional-sounding music.

Michael Hewitt,

Dr. Michael Hewitt was born in South Wales in the United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor of music degree at London University and a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Bangor, where he specialized in musical composition. He is a classically trained musician, a composer, a lecturer, and an author on musical subjects. Working to commission, he writes classical scores as well as soundtracks for various television productions, both at home and abroad. He is currently working as a music technology tutor at Coleg Harlech, North Wales.
  • Explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer.
  • Focuses on music theory and using the computer as a genuine musical instrument.
  • Provides concepts in a non-software specific format.
  • Includes a companion CD of audio examples to help readers hear the concepts in action!
Introduction.
1: Getting the Most from your Setup.
2: Know Your Genre.
3: Rhythm and Drum Programming.
4: Bass Lines.
5: Writing Melodic Leads.
6: Creative Use of FX.
7: Writing for Strings and Pads.
8: Writing for Acoustic Instruments.
9: Writing Effective Riffs.
10: Arpeggiation as a Creative Tool.
11: Creative use of Sampling.
12: Creative use of Control Data.
13: Approaching Structure.
14: Layering Your Music.
15: Sequencing Your Music.
16: Percussion in Different Contexts.
17: Get the Atmosphere Right.
18: Mixing - Creative Use of Volume, Panning and EQ.
19: Mastering Your Track.
20: Getting Your Tracks Heard.
21: Developing a Portfolio.
22: Conclusion.

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  • ISBN-10: 1598638610
  • ISBN-13: 9781598638615
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $26.25
  • RETAIL $34.99

  • ISBN-10: 143906959X
  • ISBN-13: 9781439069592

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Music Theory for Computer Musicians

ISBN: 9781598635034
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a musician and music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software. By reading this book and following the exercises contained within it, you, the aspiring music producer/computer musician, will find yourself making great progress toward understanding and using these fundamentals of the music language. The result will be a great improvement in your ability to write and produce your own original music!

FOR STUDENTS

Music Theory for Computer Musicians

ISBN: 9781598635034
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a musician and music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software. By reading this book and following the exercises contained within it, you, the aspiring music producer/computer musician, will find yourself making great progress toward understanding and using these fundamentals of the music language. The result will be a great improvement in your ability to write and produce your own original music!