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Composition for Computer Musicians

Composition for Computer Musicians

ISBN 13: 9781598638615

ISBN 10: 1598638610

Author: Michael Hewitt

Pages: 220

Published: 03/23/2009

Print Book Price: $34.99 Add to cart

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You might be extremely knowledgeable about the software that you use, have a good understanding of your own genre, and even have a good basic understanding of music theory. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can write effective music tracks. You need another kind of knowledge as well – the knowledge of composition.

This friendly guide explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer using any music using any music creation and recording program, whether you choose Reason, Live, Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, FL Studio, SONAR, or anything else. It's not as hard as it sounds, and this book eases the learning curve so you'll be making music in no time. You’ll quickly learn how to program rhythm and drums, create basslines and melodic leads, and use FX and samples. You'll also learn about mixing and mastering your track and distributing it to a mass audience. Composition for Computer Musicians explains it all while showing you the basics of music theory throughout so you'll be sure you're not just making noise on the computer – you're using your computer to make professional-sounding music.
Note*: If you are buying the e-book version of this product, any CD/DVD supplement files referenced throughout the book can be accessed for free at our Companion Downloads page.
  • Explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer.
  • Focuses on music theory and using the computer as a genuine musical instrument.
  • Provides concepts in a non-software specific format.
  • Includes a companion CD of audio examples to help readers hear the concepts in action!
Author Bio
Michael Hewitt
Dr. Michael Hewitt was born in South Wales in the United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor of music degree at London University and a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Bangor, where he specialized in musical composition. He is a classically trained musician, a composer, a lecturer, and an author on musical subjects. Working to commission, he writes classical scores as well as soundtracks for various television productions, both at home and abroad. He is currently working as a music technology tutor at Coleg Harlech, North Wales.
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Table of Contents
1: Getting the Best Out of Your Setup.
2: Knowing Your Genre.
3: Rhythm and Drum Programming.
4: Writing for Percussion.
5: Dance Music Drum Programming.
6: Common Values.
7: Producing Basslines.
8: Writing Melodic Leads.
9: Melody, Bass, and Harmony.
10: The Creative Use of FX.
11: Writing for Strings.
12: Writing for Pads.
13: Writing for Acoustic Instruments.
14: Arpeggiation.
15: Sampling.
16: Control Data.
17: Approaching Structure.
18: Layering and Sequencing.
19: Mixing and Mastering.