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The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music - Full book + s/ware free d/l

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OMG I can't believe I didn't check this out before...

Was sent a link by a colleague that is used for school, but freely available as a public download.

"The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music" (World Scientific Press) is a complete book by synthesis guru Miller Puckette, the inventor of Max (now Max MSP) and a similar app PD, which is freeware. Object-oriented synthesis and DSP programming at the mid to upper levels of complexity and depth.

The book is 10 full chapters on the essential theory of sound, sampling, fourier synthesis and analysis, filters, envelopes, oscillators, etc. Accompanying each chapter is actual PD patches you use to experiment with while you read.

My favourite line from the Foreword  ;)

Max and Pd allow almost anyone to synthesize uninteresting timbres almost instantly. Making interesting timbres is much more difficult and requires much additional knowledge. The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music is that body of knowledge.

Available in

html: http://crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/techniques/latest/book-html/'>http://crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/techniques/latest/book-html/

PDF (337 pages): http://www-crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/techniques/latest/book.pdf

PD software downloads (freeware Mac and PC): http://crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/software.html'>http://crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/software.html

Info on Miller Puckette: http://crca.ucsd.edu/~msp/

Posted at the website for the Centre for Research in Computing and the Arts http://www.crca.uscd.edu

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Max and Pd allow almost anyone to synthesize uninteresting timbres almost instantly. Making interesting timbres is much more difficult and requires much additional knowledge.

LOL!

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Me n Ev played a gig with Viridian late last year and the fella was running PD on his laptop - nice change from the ubiquity of Ableton.. But seriously complicated. Looked like he was making flowcharts - when he wasn't waving his MPC4000 round his head!

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^ Still easier than Reaktor! :D

Although I think someone with yours and Ev's solid knowledge of synthesis theory would nut it out soon enough.

That's the main issue - knowing the diff between and oscillator and a filter, or b/w a gate and a trigger. If you know the theory all you have to do is learn how to join them up*

(*then again remembering that session learning Reaktor at yours - ok it took 2 hours to make sound that goes 'beep'  ??? )

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cool, i forgot about pure-data

now that my max trial is over i might use PD to interface with some gear

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^ Hey welcome to the SP fold blinky! Seen you posting here in the last couple of days, glad to have you on board  :)

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Thanks man. I've been lurking for a while now and work's been really slow lately so i though I'd mix it up a bit with some SP action :)

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