Music Theory for Computer Musicians, 1st Edition

  • Michael Hewitt
  • ISBN-10: 1598635034  |  ISBN-13: 9781598635034
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
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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!

Features and Benefits

  • Teaches DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers the music theory concepts they need to become complete musicians.
  • Uses the MIDI keyboard environment and today‚Äôs computer composing and recording software, such as Pro Tools, Reason, and Ableton Live, to teach concepts.
  • Includes a companion CD with illuminating examples to help drive home the theory lessons.
  • The author is an expert and highly experienced teacher of these concepts at the college level.
  • Companion website available here:

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Musical Sound
Chapter 2: The Notes
Chapter 3: The Major Scale
Chapter 4: Rhythm, Tempo and Note Lengths
Chapter 5: Score Editing
Chapter 6: Intervals
Chapter 7: Meter
Chapter 8: Chords
Chapter 9: The Natural Minor Scale
Chapter 10: Melody and Motives
Chapter 11: The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
Chapter 12: Augmented and Diminished Intervals and Interval Inversions
Chapter 13: Chordal Inversions, Octave Doubling, and Spacing
Chapter 14: Additive Rhythms
Chapter 15: Expanding Your Knowledge of Keys
Chapter 16: the Pentatonic Scale
Chapter 17: Major, Minor, Augmented, and Diminished Triads
Chapter 18: Chord Progressions and Root Movement
Chapter 19: The Cycle of Fifths
Chapter 20: The Seven Diatonic Modes
Chapter 21: Chords of the Seventh
Chapter 22: Exotic Scales
Chapter 23: Complex Harmony
Chapter 24: Arpeggiation
Chapter 25: Intonation
Chapter 26: Conclusion
Appendix A: Scales
Appendix B: Audio CD and Accompanying Text Sidebars

Meet the Author

Author Bio

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.