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Composing Music with Computers by Eduardo Miranda

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1  Computer music: facing the facts

Perhaps one of the most significant aspects that differentiates humans from other animals is the fact that we are inherently musical. Our compulsion to listen to and appreciate sound arrangements beyond the mere purposes of linguistic communication is extraordinary, and it is indeed this intriguing aspect of humanity that inspires two fundamental notions in this book. The first is the notion that music is sounds organised in space and time. In this context, space is primarily associated with vertical (or simultaneous) relationships between sounds, whereas time is associated with horizontal (or sequential) relationships. The notion of space in terms of the geographical distribution of sounds in the performance ...

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