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Signals, Systems and Sound Synthesis

Martin Neukom

The subject of this book is the synthesis and treatment of sound by computer. Using illustrations, animations, sound examples and sample programs, it introduces the most important techniques of sound and score synthesis and explains the technical and mathematical principles necessary for understanding them. After reviewing fundamentals of acoustics, the author describes system and signal theory and introduces the programs and programming languages used in the book. The traditionally important synthesis techniques are described in detail, as are various nonlinear synthesis techniques and synthesis by physical modeling. The concluding chapters of the book deal with the projection of sound in space and with the use of algorithmic and stochastic procedures in computer music. The appendix contains a survey of basic mathematical principles, various tables for reference and a detailed index. The included CD contains the entire text of the book, as well as additional chapters and explanations, sound examples, animations illustrating dynamic processes and many sample computer programs.

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PETER LANG Bern · Berlin · Bruxelles · Frankfurt am Main · New York · Oxford · Wien Signals, Systems and Sound Synthesis Martin Neukom Translation from the German by Gerald Bennett Bibliographic information published by die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at ‹http://dnb.d-nb.de›. British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data: A catalogue record for this book is available from The British Library, Great Britain Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Neukom, Martin, author. [Signale, Systeme und Klangsynthese. English] Signals, systems and sound synthesis / Martin Neukom. pages cm Accompanied by CD. Translation of: Neukom, Martin. Signale, Systeme und Klangsynthese. Bern : P. Lang, 2003. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-0343-1428-2 1. Computer music–Instruction and study. 2. Computer sound processing. 3. Computer composition. I. Title. MT723.N4813 2013 786.7–dc23 2013024500 Published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Additional texts, emendations and programs for this book can be found at the following address: www.icst.net/Signals_Systems_and_Sound_Synthesis. ISBN 978-3-0343-1428-2 pb. ISBN 978-3-0351-0609-1 eBook © Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern 2013 Hochfeldstrasse 32, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland info@peterlang.com, www.peterlang.com All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Printed in Hungary

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