Experimental Music - Composition with an Electronic Computer.
McGraw-Hill Book Co, NY 1959, first edition; vi, 197 pages, musical notation illustrations at rear.
Condition: Very Good or a bit better, blue cloth hardcover in a Good+ dustjacket, jacket edgeworn with fingernail-sized chip missing from heel of jacket & rather larger thumbsized piece missing from top jacket edge; prev owner's ink signature on endpaper. Binding is tight, pages clean and unmarked.
Keywords: experimental music, electronic music, computer music, ILLIAC, history of computer music
Categories: 1950's computers and computing, Computer Graphics, Computer Music, Computer Music, Computers and Society, Hardware, Highspots in the History of Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Programming and Programming Languages, Assembly and Machine Language
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Item Description'The first book on computer-generated music...' 'The first book on algorithmic composition by the first man to compose music on a computer...' (OOC 659).
CONTENTS -- Nature of the Problem - introduction; chronology; presentation of the material; The Aesthetic Problem - meaning & form in music; the Logic of Musical composition; Information Theory; Information theory & music; Experimental Music - defined; Electronic or synthetic music; Programmed Music;
Other experiments to generate computer music; The Technical Problem - non-numerical uses of computers; operation of automatic high-speed digital computers; the 'man-versus 'machine' problem; the Monte Carlo method; the Monte carlo method & the generation of music;
Experimental Details - outline of experiments; experiment one, two, three and four; Experimental Results - the Illiac Suite - Introduction; Experiment One; two; three; four; Some Future Musical Applications - introduction Applications to Music Analysis; applications to music composition; Summary of Results; Appendix - the full score of the ILLIAC SUITE.