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Electronic and Computer Music

Fourth Edition

Peter Manning

25 April 2013

ISBN: 9780199746392

576 pages

In Stock

Price: £45.99



In this new edition of the classic text on the history and evolution of electronic music, Peter Manning extends the definitive account of the medium from its birth to include key developments from the dawn of the 21st century to the present day.

  • Visit the companion website
  • Contains six updated chapters, six new chapters, and a companion website featuring a supplementary discography
  • Presents updated and expanded perspective that now extends from the very first pioneering developments at the turn of the 20th century to the present day
  • Contains six new chapters along with significant revisions to existing chapters
  • Includes a companion website featuring a supplementary discography

About the Author(s)

Peter Manning, Professor of Music, University of Durham, Great Britain

Peter Manning completed a doctorate in electronic and computer music at the University of Durham in 1977, and has been director of the Electronic Music Studio since 1980. In addition to writing books and articles on the history and development of the medium he has directed several research programs into new technologies for computer music and composed a number of electroacoustic works that have been widely performed in Europe, the Far East, and America.

Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    About the Companion Website
    1 The Background, to 1945
    I. Developments from 1945 to 1960
    2 Paris and Musique Concrète
    3 Cologne and Electronische Musik
    4 Milan and Elsewhere in Europe
    5 America
    II. New Horizons in Electronic Design
    6 The Voltage-Controlled Synthesizer
    III. The Electronic Repertory from 1960
    7 Works for Tape
    8 Live Electronic Music
    9 Rock and Pop Electronic Music
    IV. The Digital Revolution to 1980
    10 The Foundations of Computer Music
    11 From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity
    12 The Microprocessor Revolution
    V. Digital Audio
    13 The Characteristics of Digital Audio
    VI. MIDI
    14 The Development of the MIDI Communications Protocol
    From Analog to Digital: The Evolution of MIDI Hardware
    16 From Microcomputer to Music Computer: The MIDI Perspective
    17 Further Advances in Hardware Design
    18 The Changing Fortunes of the MIDI Manufacturing Sector
    VII. Desktop Synthesis and Signal Processing
    19 From Minicomputer to Advanced Computer Workstation
    20 The Personal Computer
    21 The Digital Audio Workstation
    22 Laptop Music and Related Activities
    23 Synthesis, Signal Processing, and Spatialization
    24 Performance Controllers: Evolution and Change
    VIII. Global Networking
    25 The Internet
    26 Conclusion


"Manning ... presents an in-depth history of electronic and computer music by tracing the technological developments that gave birth to it and governed its evolution ... he provides a remarkable breadth of scientifically oriented information for advanced students and practitioners in the field who need to understand how the current technological landscape came about. This new edition, along with the earlier editions, belongs in academic music research libraries as well as relevant science collections." - D. Arnold, Choice

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