From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195144840
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849802 | DOI:
From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity

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The pioneering phase of computer music, spearheaded by the development of the MUSICn series of programs, came to an end with the diversification of technologies that led to cheaper and ultimately more versatile alternatives to the mainframe computer. Although these programs could still not be executed in real time, improvements in processing power were steadily reducing the time delay between submitting tasks and auditioning the results. Composers, accordingly, became more adventurous in their use of these programs, highlighting in turn the drawbacks of relying on a basic alphanumeric coding system for the input of score data.

Keywords: MUSICn; mainframe computer; alphanumeric coding system

Chapter.  9178 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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