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Interactive Composition

Strategies Using Ableton Live and Max for Live

VJ Manzo and Will Kuhn

12 March 2015

ISBN: 9780199973828

280 pages

In Stock

Price: £36.49



Interactive Composition empowers readers with the skills and insight needed to compose and perform electronic popular music in a variety of popular styles. This book focuses on the implementation of compositional and production concepts with each chapter culminating in a newly composed piece created by the reader using these concepts.

  • Ideal for beginners and intermediate Ableton users
  • Covers the full range of electronic music styles, with both historical context and practical applications
  • Offers useful learnig exercises for readers to complete
  • Features a comprehensive companion website with practical examples

About the Author(s)

VJ Manzo, Director of Music Technology, Montclair State University, and Will Kuhn, Music Technology Instructor, Lebanon High School

V.J. Manzo is Assistant Professor of Music Technology and Cognition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and author of MAX/MSP/Jitter for Music (2011).

Will Kuhn is the Department Chair and Music Technology instructor at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio. His lab-based courses, as well as the school's Electronic Music Group, are regularly featured at regional music education events.

Table of Contents

    Table of Contents
    Chapter 1: Introduction to Interactive Composition
    Chapter 2: Session View
    Chapter 3: Introduction to Max for Live
    Chapter 4: Ambient
    Chapter 5: Pop & Rock Music
    Chapter 6: Electro-acoustic Music
    Chapter 7 - Hip Hop & Trap Music
    Chapter 8 - House Music
    Chapter 9 - Breakbeat/Drum & Bass
    Chapter 10 - Chiptune
    Chapter 11 - Granular Synthesis
    Chapter 12 - Dubstep
    Chapter 13 - Remixing & Loop Sampling
    Chapter 14 - Mastering
    Chapter 15: Analysis of Projects


"The authors' simple and direct approach to teaching how to use these powerful tools within a single environment will empower anyone to experiment with his/her own musical creativity and expressiveness." - Morton Subotnik