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Composing Interactive Music: Techniques and Ideas Using Max [With CD-ROM]
Interactive music refers to a composition or improvisation in whichsoftware interprets live performances to produce music generated or modified bycomputers. In Composing Interactive Music, Todd Winkler presents both the technicaland aesthetic possibilities of this increasingly popular area of computer music. Hisown numerous compositions have been the laboratory for the research and developmentthat resulted in this book.The author's examples use a graphical programminglanguage called Max. Each example in the text is accompanied by a picture of how itappears on the computer screen. The same examples are included as software on theaccompanying CD-ROM, playable on a Macintosh computer with a MIDI keyboard.Althoughthe book is aimed at those interested in writing music and software using Max, thecasual reader can learn the basic concepts of interactive composition by justreading the text, without running any software. The book concludes with a discussionof recent multimedia work incorporating projected images and video playback withsound for concert performances and art installations.