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Composition for Computer Musicians, 1st Edition

  • Michael Hewitt
  • ISBN-10: 1598638610  |  ISBN-13: 9781598638615
  • 220 Pages
  • © 2010 | Published
  • List Price = $ 34.99
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About

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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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!

Table of Contents

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.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Righting Wrongs in Writing Songs  (ISBN-10: 159863531X | ISBN-13: 9781598635317)

This book gives both aspiring and seasoned songwriters a powerful new approach to writing songs, focusing on common obstacles in the songwriting process and techniques to help songwriters overcome them. Each chapter goes to the root of a specific songwriting problem and provides exercises to help readers over the hurdles and put their new skills to work. Topics include writing approach, purpose, structure, melodic significance and construction, basic music theory, word meaning, word design and arrangement, chords, and how they are all pieced together. Along the way, a song is created to act as a case study and a demonstration of what each exercise can result in. The lessons are fun, informal, and include fresh suggestions and exercises born out of the author’s experience in teaching songwriting at the college level. The book’s companion website provides audio clips to accompany the relevant exercises and examples presented in the book.

List Price = $29.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

Student Supplements

Righting Wrongs in Writing Songs  (ISBN-10: 159863531X | ISBN-13: 9781598635317)

This book gives both aspiring and seasoned songwriters a powerful new approach to writing songs, focusing on common obstacles in the songwriting process and techniques to help songwriters overcome them. Each chapter goes to the root of a specific songwriting problem and provides exercises to help readers over the hurdles and put their new skills to work. Topics include writing approach, purpose, structure, melodic significance and construction, basic music theory, word meaning, word design and arrangement, chords, and how they are all pieced together. Along the way, a song is created to act as a case study and a demonstration of what each exercise can result in. The lessons are fun, informal, and include fresh suggestions and exercises born out of the author’s experience in teaching songwriting at the college level. The book’s companion website provides audio clips to accompany the relevant exercises and examples presented in the book.

List Price = $29.99  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

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.