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Title:
Digital audio signal processing : an anthology
Author:
Strawn, John, 1950-
Publication Information:
Los Altos, Calif. : W. Kaufmann, [1985]

©1985
Physical Description:
xiv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780865760820
Format :
Book

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A composer who approaches computer music without some technical understanding of its foundations is forced to treat the computer as a ``black box,'' to rely on packaged software, to sacrifice the medium's true flexibility and forgo the possibility of profound sonic innovation. The purpose of this anthology is to make such a technical background accessible to beginners. Readers are presumed computer-literate, but F.R. Moore's essay provides the necessary mathematical tools. J.A. Moorer's contribution is a revision of his excellent survey of computer music techniques. J.O. Smith's introduction to digital filters, mathematically perhaps the most demanding chapter, is clearly set forth. Less satisfying is J.W. Gordon and J. Strawn's exposition of the phase vocoder; they substitute computer listings for good exposition. Their reference to ``mystical math'' is antithetical to the task of demystifying mathematics for a readership all too likely to be easily intimidated. T.L. Petersen's article on spiral synthesis seems to make much of a simple idea. Overall, the volume succeeds well enough, though many readers will still require outside help with some of the mathematics. Problems (without solutions), ample references, and a good index are included. Recommended as a point of first entry.-D.V. Feldman, Wesleyan University