Computer Music: MUSC 216
Computer Music Links

(August, 2006: Many of these links have expired
and will be updated ASAP)


Here is a list of links to computer music related sites organized by category:

COMPUTER MUSIC -- WHAT IS IT?
COURSES OF STUDY IN SOUND AND COMPUTER MUSIC

COMPUTER MUSIC FOUNDATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS
COMPUTER MUSIC DEPARTMENTS AND COURSES AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES
PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC/ELECTRONIC MUSIC STUDIOS
COMPUTER MUSIC RESEARCH/MUSIC RESEARCH SITES

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Classic Synthesis
COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Algorithmic Composition
COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Digital Recording
COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Sound/Spectral Analysis Tools
COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Software Synthesizers
COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Miscellaneous
COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Download Sites

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE for Windows

COMPUTER MUSIC HARDWARE (some with software)
MIDI ON WINDOWS
MANUFACTURERS OF SYNTHESIZERS
TECHNO/RAVE
SOME 'MOVERS' & 'SHAKERS' IN COMPUTER AND ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC
COOL WEB SITES!!

 

COMPUTER MUSIC FOUNDATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

IRCAM

INSTITUTE of RESEARCH and COORDINATION in ACOUSTICS / MUSIC (IRCAM). Located in Paris, France, IRCAM is an important center for computer music research, education and performance.

ICMA

The INTERNATIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC ASSOCIATION (ICMA) is an international affiliation of individuals and institutions involved in the technical, creative, and performance aspects of computer music. It serves composers, computer software and hardware developers, researchers, and musicians who are interested in the integration of music and technology.

EMF

Founded in September 1994, Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) is a not-for-profit ... organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the role that electronic music, in its myriad forms and technologies, plays in our world. [Their] mission is one of outreach and support: [they] aim to communicate knowledge of this field and its history to the public; and [they] aim to foster creativity and exploration within the global community of electronic musicians and artists. [EMF]

IMEB (French or English versions) -- This page takes a long time to load (scrolling banners, etc.).

The Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges was founded in 1970, being named GMEB since 1994, by the composers Fran¨oise Barri¸re and Christian Clozier who are currently in charge of its management. Through its wide range of international level activities, Creation, Research, Diffusion, Promotion, Teaching, Archives, Study and Perpetuation of electroacoustic music, bibliographic and phonographic Publishing, the Bourges Institute is today one of the main musical research centers. Be sure to visit their SOFTWARE site.

SEAMUS

SEAMUS is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and teachers of electro-acoustic music representing every part of the country and virtually every musical style. Electro-acoustic music is a term used to describe those musics which are dependent on electronic technology for their creation and/or performance. Many members of SEAMUS, like Jon Appleton, the guiding light in the conception of the Synclavier, are recognized world leaders in their fields. All are dedicated to the use of the most advanced technology as the tools of their trade.

Computer Music Journal

The Computer Music Journal (CMJ) is a quarterly Journal that covers a wide range of topics related to digital audio signal processing and electroacoustic music. It is published (in hard copy and on-line) by MIT Press. The topics addressed in the Computer Music Journal include: software and hardware for digital audio signal processing; electroacoustic, electronic, and computer music; software for music notation, printing, and archival systems; music representation languages and music cognition; new physical performance interfaces; sound localization and 3-D sound spatialization; sound in computer user interfaces and virtual realities; aesthetics of contemporary music, and other areas.

ICMC

The International Computer Music Conference (ICMC): LA HABANA, CUBA: SEPTEMBER 18 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2001

ACMA

The Australasian [sic] Computer Music Association was founded in 1989. The organization provides a forum for new compositions, information sharing, and research about music technology and computer music throughout principally New Zealand and Australia. Its membership includes composers, performers, educators, researchers and others with an interest in any aspect of the many forms of electronic music. ACMA's activities include an annual conference, the occasional newsletter Chroma, and locally organized events such as concerts and seminars.

WSP

The World Soundscape Project (WSP) was established as an educational and research group by R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Schafer's call for the establishment of the WSP was answered by a group of highly motivated young composers and students, and, supported by The Donner Canadian Foundation.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC DEPARTMENTS AND COURSES AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES

Princeton Sound Kitchen

I don't know what goes on here, but whatever it is it looks very DANGEROUS! People associated with the Princeton Sound Kitchen and Princeton University's Music Department include Paul Lansky and Paul Koonce. Also check out the Princeton Sound Lab located in Princeton University's Computer Science Dept.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

It's a little difficult to find specific information about CalArts Computer Music program and facilities because it is integrated into a variety of their innovative programs, most of which offer undergraduate and graduate degrees. However, check out these links: Computer Music/New Media Studios, Tom Erbe, Music Techonology, Experimental Sound Practices,

Dartmouth

The Dartmouth College Master's Program in Electro-Acoustic Music is an interdisciplinary degree program dedicated to work that explores the interrelationships among music, technology, cognitive and computer science, acoustics, and related disciplines. While in the program, students are encouraged to pursue and develop their individual goals, and their work may be directed towards creative, research, theoretical, or technical topics. [They] are interested in students who are highly motivated and who want to help redefine the future of music and technology.

CERL Sound Group

The CERL Sound Group is an informal research group in Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. [They] undertake hardware/software development in digital audio signal processing and computer music. Current research areas include real-time algorithms, sinusoidal modeling, user interface hardware/software for music performance, airflow, and music notation. The CERL Sound Group has ties to several University of Illinois departments, including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, School of Music, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Current cooperative projects with private companies include braille music notation, multimedia piano and guitar instruction, and real-time audio signal processing algorithms. A real-time DSP studio is available to students enrolled in ECE302, an electronic music survey course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Computer Music Project [Currently unavailable.]

The EMS (Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana) Computer Music Project is a facility for composition, digital audio research and teaching. Founded in 1984, it is used primarily by faculty and students in the School of Music's Composition-Theory Division, although visitors with valid projects are welcome. CMP users have an ongoing exchange of ideas, share information amongst each other, and present their work at music festivals and professional meetings such as ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music) and SuperComputing conferences. The manager of CMP is Sever Tipei. Scott Wyatt serves as the director of the Experimental Music Studios.

CECM

The Center for Electronic and Computer Music was established at Indiana University in 1966 for the purpose of theoretical training, electronic and multimedia composition, and the dissemination of works through public concerts, the Center for Electronic and Computer Music today houses two studios which employ the latest technologies in digital sound synthesis and sampling, MIDI, digital recording and editing, video, and research-level computing. The curriculum provides an extensive technical training and historical background for students with little or no previous experience. More advanced students may enroll to use the studio facilities for the production of compositions and multimedia works, as well as for research. The program may serve as a minor for the Doctor of Music degree, as well as a cognate or minor area for the Master of Music degree.

CNMAT

CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) is a music research, teaching, recording and performance facility located in the hills just north of the University of California Berkeley campus. There are many ways the public, composers, musicians, researchers, professors and students from around the world can be involved at CNMAT.

CREATE

The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) was established in 1986, and is situated within the Department of Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin founded CREATE and serves as its director. CREATE serves as a productive environment available to students, researchers, and professional media artists for the realization of music and multimedia works involving computers, digital media equipment, and combinations of these with live ensembles.

CCRMA

The Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) is a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool.

Be sure to check out its ELECTRONIC MUSIC NEIGHBORS ON THE WEB.

ECMC

The Eastman Computer Music Center (ECMC), established in 1981 as an outgrowth of the electronic music program at the School, provides computing and digital audio facilities for the realization of compositional, performance, theoretical and other types of musical projects by Eastman, University of Rochester and visiting faculty, students, musicians and researchers.

Peabody Conservatory

The combined computer music studios [at Peabody Conservatory of Music] serve as a working laboratory for music composition and research, as well as a center for courses, demonstrations, and public programs. Many projects use both analog and digital facilities.

CPEMC

The Computer Music Center at Columbia University (CPEMC) is a state of the art computer music facility. The center is housed in two separate facilities: one in the music department building on the main Columbia campus, and another, larger facility on 125th Street. Originally the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the CMC is the oldest center for Electroacoustic music in the United States. Founded by Vladimir Ussachevsky and Otto Luening with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1958, the CPEMC featured four well-equipped tape studios for electronic composition, as well as the famed RCA Mark II Synthesizer, which is still housed at the CMC.

Computer Music Project at CMU

The Computer Music Project at Carnegie Mellon University is developing computer music and interactive performance technology to enhance human musical experience and creativity. This interdisciplinary effort draws on Music Theory, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Human Computer Interaction, Real-Time Systems, Computer Graphics and Animation, Multimedia, Programming Languages, and Signal Processing.

Northern Illinois University

Computer Music and New Media Technology at Northern Illinois University.

CEMI

The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas fosters the creation, production, and dissemination of experimental computer music and intermedia, an interdisciplinary art form that combines computer music with computer graphics, dance, theater, sculpture, creative writing, and/or web-based technologies.

Simon Fraser University

The World Soundscape Project (WSP) was established as an educational and research group by R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

University of Padua (Italy)

The Center of Computational Sonology (CCS).

 

PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER MUSIC/ELECTRONIC MUSIC STUDIOS

SPECTRAL NOISE

SPECTRAL NOISE is a NYC based consortium of leading edge composers, programmers, and sound designers. Individually their work has been experienced on international airwaves for over fifteen years encompassing an eclectic blend of noises from classical stylings to mind wrenching drums'n'bass and academic forays into ethereal immersive audio environments . Credits include: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, HBO, Cinemax, Janus Interactive, Interval Research, Coca Cola, CBS, Pearson Education, MGA, McDonalds, Pepsi Cola, CTW, Mattel, Toy Biz, Disney, other industry notables.

IBM Research Computer Music Center

Check it out.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Classic Synthesis

SYD Central

SYD Central is the home of SYD, an instrument editor and software synthesizer by Jim Bumgardner. It has a graphical "patch cord" interface, and is relatively easy to use, compared to other music languages. It is particularly suitable for teaching computer music. Both Macintosh and Windows versions are available. [GREAT TOOL FOR TEACHING INTRODUCTORY CONCEPTS FOR COMPUTER MUSIC!!

GrainWave 3

GrainWave 3 is a real-time, software synthesizer for Power Macintosh (PPC) computers. GrainWave will run on the standard equipment that comes with any PPC. It does not require any additional hardware. GrainWave has an open synthesis architecture, based upon units called operators. An operator can generate a signal or transform one. Operators are collected into regions which represent individual instruments. One or more regions are contained in a patch. Only one patch at a time is available to be played. GrainWave may be played by using the mouse, the keyboard, and/or MIDI.

Cloud Generator

The Cloud Generator program was developed by Curtis Roads and John Alexander. Cloud Generator synthesizes granular sounds in units called "clouds" and also "granulates" stereo sound files. The program uses the AIFF file format.

Lemur

Lemur is a system for generating and manipulating sinusoidal models for sampled sound. Lemur is a Macintosh implementation of an extended MQ algorithm for sound analysis and synthesis based on the work of Maher and Beauchamp (1989).

AudioMulch

AudioMulch is an interactive musician's environment for Pentium and Pentium II computers running Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. Bringing together the popular with what has up to now been considered experimental, AudioMulch merges the worlds of mainstream electronica and electroacoustic sound composition to create a fluid sonic environment only limited by the artist's imagination.


Check out REVIEWS and other info about these and other products at Harmony Central's, Keyboard/Synth Database

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Algorithmic Composition

ISADORA

Isadora is a graphic programming environment for Macintosh computers (a beta Windows version has just been released) that provides interactive control over a variety of digital media including video and MIDI. Designed by composer and media artist, Mark Coniglio, ISADORA has over one hundred basic building block (called actors) which are available within the Isadora environment. Some actors perform simple functions like watching for a MIDI event, while others allow sophisticated functions such as warping video imagery. By connecting several actors together you determine how the program will respond to a live performer or viewer. You can also combine a group of Isadora's actors into a custom User Actor.

Isadora was created by Mark Coniglio. Please visit his website at TroikaTronix where you will find a variety of other software and resources. In addition to TroikaTronix, Mark Coniglio (along with his wife, Dawn Stoppiello) run a cutting-edge multimedia dance company in New York called Troika Ranch. Please visit this site for many amazing adventures and resources.

MAX/MSP

Max/MSP is a graphical environment for music, audio, and multimedia. . MaxMSP is an object-oriented programming environment for both Macintosh (OSX) and Windows (XP) which can create an infinite variety of customized applications. Programs in Max are "written" using graphical objects rather than text. Create applications that range from composing music to controlling external devices such as laserdisc players and synthesizers, to prototyping applications or analyzing data in real time. Originally developed by Opcode in the 1980's, Opcode was purchased and then shut down by Gibson around 1995. In the meantime MAX/MSP was acquired by Cycling74 and is now available directly from their website.

AudioMulch

AudioMulch is a 32-bit interactive musician's environment for Pentium and Pentium II computers running Windows (95/98 through XP). Bringing together the popular with what has up to now been considered experimental, AudioMulch merges the worlds of mainstream electronica and electroacoustic sound composition to create a fluid sonic environment only limited by the artist's imagination. System requirements include: you will need to install a full-duplex soundcard capable of simultanious 16bit 44.1k stereo recording and playback.

CSound

Csound is the most widely used software synthesis system. Compiled public domain versions are available for all of the major computer operating system platforms -- various flavors of Unix (SGI, Linux, Sparc and generic Unix), several Windows ports, Macintosh (PowerPC and 68xxx) and even Atari -- and can be downloaded at no cost over the internet via a web browser or ftp from http://mitpress.mit.edu/e-books/csound/frontpage.html (the Csound Front Page) and mirror sites. Csound provides music synthesis and sound processing procedures apart from the limitations of particular hardware and software systems.

Silence 8.2 and CsoundVST version 0.7

Silence is a user-extensible system for making music by means of software. It is specifically designed to support algorithmic composition and synthesis. Basically, Silence generates scores, and CsoundVST renders them into soundfiles or real-time audio. Some examples can be found in the Silence/examples/Silence directory (they are the .mml files). Silence and CsoundVST have been tested on Windows 2000. They will probably run on Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows 95.

Check out PLUM (Programming Languages Used for Music)

Check out the COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Download Sites below. CalArts in particular has sites for downloading a full range of FREEWARE and SHAREWARE software for both MACS and PCS.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Digital Recording

LogicPro -- Macintosh only

LogicPro is "the most widely used program of its kind in professional music production" (according to Apple). Also, it is "the industry-leading application for music creation and audio production..." which "...elegantly combines composition, notation and audio production facilities in one comprehensive product."

LogicPro offers a comprehensive set of music creation tools featuring rock-solid MIDI timing and synchronization, mixing and automation with total recall, and non destructive real-time editing of both audio and MIDI. It also offers superb MIDI timing with 960 PPQN and sends and receives synchronized MIDI clock, MTC, MMC and word clock signals, making it ideal for film, TV and video post-production facilities.

LogicPro is difinately an alternative for ProTools for those who do not want to commit to a HARDWARE-dedicated system.

ProTools -- Macintosh and Windows

The industry standard for digital recording.

DigiDesign's Pro Tools software gives you complete control of the powerful recording, sequencing, editing and mixing features of the system. Home Studio systems run Pro Tools LE software, a version of Pro Tools that uses your computer's processing power for mixing and processing. Professional Music and Post Production systems run Pro Tools TDM software, which uses the digital signal processing (DSP) hardware on the Pro Tools cards for mixing and processing.

Be sure to check out Pro Tools Free -- That's right! DigiDesign is GIVING AWAY a fully functional version of Pro Tools.

A helpful site for professional audio (including all of DigiDesign's products) can be found at Performance Audio.

Samplitude -- Macintosh only

For Windows only, Samplitude is DEFINATELY an alternative to ProTools. Check it out.

SoundTrackPro -- Macintosh only

Apple has seen the video editor's dilemma with music and has introduced Soundtrack. You are going to love creating tracks in Soundtrack! One of the nicest things about Soundtrack is that it was truly created it with Final Cut Pro users in mind. Another cool thing is that Soundtrack ships with over 4,000 high quality loops included for free. What is a loop? A loop is a musical audio file that contains rhythmic patterns that you can cut, paste, chop and extend to fill any amount of time. We'll discuss this more in-depth later on in the article.

Garage Band -- Macintosh only


GarageBand turns your Mac into an anytime, anywhere recording studio packed with hundreds of instruments and a recording engineer or two for good measure. It’s the easiest way to create, perform and record your own music whether you’re an accomplished player or just wish you were a rock star. And GarageBand is the newest member of the iLife family, so you can add your original music to your slideshows, your DVD menus, burn it to CDs or score your iMovie projects.

Amadeus II -- Macintosh only

Amadeus II is a powerful tool designed to manipulate, create and analyze sounds. It has a full range of analysis tools, including 2D and 3D spectrums, sonograms, etc. Will create a QuickTime movie of 2D specturm for the entire soundfile. Allows recording to AIFF files with some basic effects (reverb, backwards, etc.). I can't say enough good things about this GREAT application. Also, available at a very reasonalbe SHAREWARE price from KAGI.

Bias Deck II -- Macintosh only

Advanced digital audio workstation for music, audio-for-picture, Internet audio, 5.1 surround mixing, and more. You'll find that no other Mac-based multitrack digital audio workstation touches Deck's combination of features, speed, compatibility, and value.Deck 3.5 is stable, fast, easy, remarkably cost-effective.

Here's a alternate site to purchase the product (for less than you can get it from BIAS): CDRecordingSoftware.com

Bias Peak -- Macintosh only

Bias Peak is the most full-featured, powerful, yet easy-to-use 2-track digital audio editing program available. In just two short years since its initial release, BIAS Peak has evolved into a digital audio editing standard winning critical acclaim from numerous experts and leading publications. Now Peak 2.0 is even more powerful and feature-rich than before, yet it's still the easiest 2-track tool Macintosh audio professionals can use to take their audio from conception to final mix, CD, video, film, or the Web.

Here's a alternate site to purchase the product (for less than you can get it from BIAS): CDRecordingSoftware.com

Audition (Formerly CoolEditPro) -- Windows only

Record, mix, edit, and master digital audio files with powerful tools that bring flexibility and control to your desktop studio. Easily create music, produce radio spots, and restore imperfect recordings.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Sound/Spectral Analysis Tools

Amadeus II

Amadeus II is a powerful tool designed to manipulate, create and analyze sounds. It has a full range of analysis tools, including 2D and 3D spectrums, sonograms, etc. Will create a QuickTime movie of 2D specturm for the entire soundfile. Allows recording to AIFF files with some basic effects (reverb, backwards, etc.). I can't say enough good things about this GREAT application. Also, available at a very reasonalbe SHAREWARE price from KAGI.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Software Synthesizers

Unity DS-1

Unity DS-1 is a software program that turns your computer into a full-featured, professional digital sampler. With Unity DS-1, you can recreate the sounds of acoustic instruments or any other audio source with realism and control. Version 2.0 for Mac and PC.

Retro AS-1

Retro AS-1 is the full-featured professional software synthesizer from BitHeadz. Mac OS or Windows 95 compatible. Using new DSP technology, you can recreate the sounds of all the classic analog synthesizers or create new soundscapes of your own from scratch with full programmability.

Reaktor [See review of Reaktor at Harmony Central]

REAKTOR is a complete sound design studio with almost endless possibilities for producing and performing music. REAKTOR can be used as a synthesizer, sampler, effects processor, groovebox, and much more. High quality signal processing algorithms and the 32-bit floating point precision of REAKTOR's audio engine guarantee sound quality that meets the highest demands.

AbSynth

As a benchmark for the future of soft-synths, the powerful semi-modular architecture and clean interface of ABSYNTH make it effortless to sculpt everything from organic textures to rhythmic madness to vintage sounds. ABSYNTH´s unique strengths lie in its multiple synthesis techniques combined with the most flexible envelope control ever.

Kontakt

KONTAKT was designed by Native Instruments to be the most powerful sampler ever created. KONTAKT fuses an innovative design with an advanced sampling engine. The result is an inspiringly fast and intuitively flexible sampler with exceptional sound quality.


Check out REVIEWS and other info about these and other products at Harmony Central's, Keyboard/Synth Database

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Miscellaneous

Crossloader

Crossloader was put online in August 1999 with a working music file sharing engine for online music builders.

Slatervillemedia

Designed for fast access info, software, media, and mixes for the electronic musician and audio enthusiast. Still in its infancy, Slaterville will continue to develop both in content and design.

Check out PLUM (Programming Languages Used for Music.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC SOFTWARE: Download Sites

Princeton Sound Kitchen

Downloads of various computer music software on various platforms.

Tom Erbe's SoundHack Site -- freeware

Tom Erbe's Spectral Shaper Software -- not free

Computer Music Software for Macintosh

A list of programs for the Macintosh. Maintained by Tom Erbe, CalArts School of Music (tre@shoko.calarts.edu)

Computer Music Utilities at MIT

Composition & Sound Design Tools, Sound Design & Production Utilities, Platform Applications & Utilities, Software Synthesizers, Sound Editing Utilities, Audio and MIDI.

Computer Music Software for IBM-PC

A list of programs for the PC platform with preference to software that is Windows 95 and NT compatible. Also included are links to ftp sites and homepages. Maintained by Brendon Cassidy, CalArts School of Music (bcassidy@shoko.calarts.edu).

Downloadmusic.com

Downloadmusic is a free interactive tool developed by dload for artists to create their own online website with the ability to distribute their music in mp3 or any digital format they wish to choose, including free streaming of all submitted material. Also includes downloads of music software.

HitSquad - The Musician's Web Center - Check it out.

MacMusic - Check it out.

Harmony-Central

The internet resource for musicians. Harmony-central.com is [one of ] the leading Internet resource for musicians, supplying valuable information from news and product reviews, to classified ads and chat rooms. This all-in-one Web site gives musicians benefits not available through traditional physical retail channels and provides extensive product information.

Phil Burk's Computer Music Software Links

Phil Burk is associated with SoftSynth.com which produces a variety of audio and DSP related products for the music, multimedia, and internet community. [They] also provide contract services related to digital audio, DSP, ASIC design, Java and pForth.

Lale & Mehmet Okonsar's Computer Music Software downloads

Check it out.

Worldwide PRO Audio Directory

Check it out. Also see HOMEPAGE.

DMOZ Open Directory Project: Computer Music

Check it out. Also see HOMEPAGE.

Check out PLUM (Programming Languages Used for Music.


COMPUTER MUSIC HARDWARE for Windows

[Note: I haven't updated the PC links recently. Hopefully everything is available for currnet Windows OS such as 98, 2000, and XP.]

Computer Music Software for Windows

A list of programs for the PC platform with preference to software that is Windows 95 and NT compatible. Also included are links to ftp sites and homepages. Maintained by Brendon Cassidy, CalArts School of Music (bcassidy@shoko.calarts.edu).

Retro AS-1

Retro AS-1 is the full-featured professional software synthesizer from BitHeadz. Mac OS or Windows 95 compatible. Using new DSP technology, you can recreate the sounds of all the classic analog synthesizers or create new soundscapes of your own from scratch with full programmability.

CoolEdit Pro

Cool Edit Pro is a digital audio software package for Windows. Features include: ease of use, digital effects modules, 64 tracks, compatable with many different sound cards.

AudioMulch

AudioMulch is an interactive musician's environment for Pentium and Pentium II computers running Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. Bringing together the popular with what has up to now been considered experimental, AudioMulch merges the worlds of mainstream electronica and electroacoustic sound composition to create a fluid sonic environment only limited by the artist's imagination.

CSound

Csound is the most widely used software synthesis system. Compiled public domain versions are available for all of the major computer operating system platforms -- various flavors of Unix (SGI, Linux, Sparc and generic Unix), several Windows ports, Macintosh (PowerPC and 68xxx) and even Atari -- and can be downloaded at no cost over the internet via a web browser or ftp from http://mitpress.mit.edu/e-books/csound/frontpage.html (the Csound Front Page) and mirror sites. Csound provides music synthesis and sound processing procedures apart from the limitations of particular hardware and software systems.

KeyKit

KeyKit used to be called Keynote. It is a programming language and graphical user interface for MIDI on Windows machines, useful for both algorithmic and realtime musical experimentation. A screenshot showing a collection of its graphical tools is shown here. Here is more information about the features of KeyKit, and here is a FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions. For examples of music created with KeyKit, visit the home page of Tim Thompson, or Stephane Rollandin's GeoMaestro. KeyKit is being made freely available by AT&T for non-commercial use.

MusicKit

Music Kit from Stanford University's CCRMA, provides superior audio performance on NeXTSTEP 3.3 and OpenStep 4.2 systems running on Intel based PCs. The "SBMixer" application interfaces with the driver and controls all internal levels on the card eg external audio in, CD in, audio out, main out, main in. It also controls which of the inputs are routed to the SoundKit audio input. This driver supplies hooks to allow a MIDI driver to access the external SoundBlaster MIDI port.

 

COMPUTER MUSIC HARDWARE (some with software)

MIDI and Apple Macintosh computers

Using MIDI has become problematic with the new USB Macintosh computers. This page from Apple.com has some useful information regarding the new USB MIDI interfaces for G3's; G4's; Powerbooks, etc. Also, there is helpful information for adding serial port add-on's in order to continue to use older MIDI interfaces.

Companies which manufacture serial card add-ons and other 'bells-and-whistles' for Macintosh Computers:

Megawolf

Griffon Technology (located on Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN)

Marathon Computer (located in Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN)

Waldorf 'Q'

The German Company Waldorf Electronics releases its latest synthesizer, the Q Rack. The Q Rack is a rackmount version of the already available Q Keyboard Synthesizer, an Analog Modelling Synth with an on-board polyphonic step-sequencer.

Mark of the Unicorn 2408 mkIII

This box contains everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit/96kHz digital audio workstation. The 2408mk3 provides 8 channels of pristine 96kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 24 channels of ADAT and Tascam digital I/O — the most ever offered in a single rack space audio interface. Connect up to four interfaces to the included PCI-424 card for an expanded system capable of 96 simultaneous active input and output connections at 96kHz.

Mark of the Unicorn 828mkII

The 828mkII contains everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful 24-bit, 96kHz digital audio workstation. The 828mkII provides 20 inputs and 22 outputs, including 10 channels of pristine 96kHz analog recording and playback, combined with 8 channels of ADAT digital I/O and stereo S/PDIF. Expand your system by connecting additional 828 or 896 FireWire audio interfaces.

Other Mark of the Unicorn Audio Products - Check them out.

Korg OAYSIS PCI Card

Korg's OASYS PCI integrates professional-quality synthesis, effects processing, and computer audio input and output into a single, professional PCI audio card - the perfect complement to any MIDI sequencer or digital audio workstation.

See Harmony Central's REVIEW of OAYSIS

 

MIDI on WINDOWS

Midi on PC computers

FutureRetro

FutureRetro was created in 1996 by Jered Flickinger with the help of Jon Flickinger (his father). Staying away from the "money hungry" corporate side of the music world, they are a family based business dedicated to building quality products for today's and tomorrow's musical artists.

 

 

MANUFACTURERS OF SYNTHESIZERS

Symbolic Sound's, KYMA and Capybara

Symbolic Sound Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets hardware and software for computer-based digital audio. They are the creators of the Kyma sound design workstation, a visual sound design language with associated Capybara multi-DSP hardware accelerator. Kyma is being used to do sound design for music, film, advertising, television, virtual environments, speech and hearing research, computer games, and other virtual environments.

Moog Custom Engineering

Provides authentic Moog modular products, manuals, parts and technical expertise

Doepfer

Manufacturer of electronic musical instruments.

Modcan

Modcan offers a wide variety of analogue synthesizer modules. From basics such as Oscillators, Filters and VCA's to specialized wave form generation and sound processing modules not found in the vintage classics.

Technosaurus

Technosaurus is a young innovative, specialized Swiss company leading in the field of real analog synthesizers and sound processing.

Synthesis Technology

A resource site for building, repairing, modifying, and learning about analog music synthesizers.

Wiard

The Wiard Modular combines classic modular packaging, exotic new circuitry and incredible flexibility. The basic system features six individual modules with over 20 combined synthesis and control functions.

PAIA

Since 1967 PAiA Electronics has provided low cost, high quality, user assembled kits for innovative electronic products (including synthesizers). They sell direct to hobbyists, professional musicians, educational institutions and industry.

Blacet Research

Professionally designed synthesizer modules with unique sounds and features.

Analogue Systems

Manufacturer of high quality analogue synthesis systems.

synthesizers.com

Tired of sterile, digital music? Sick of plastic cases and LCDs? A patchable, analog, modular sound synthesizer is the answer. For the studio, road, education, and serious music makers everywhere.

Addresses of electronics companies (including manufacturers of synthesizers)

Manufacturers, importers and rebuilders for everything from televisions to microphone stands, (music) synthesizers to studio lamps.

Analogue Heaven

A mailing list for people interested in playing, collecting, modifying, and designing analog musical equipment.

Microtonal Synthesizer Manufacturers

Synthesizers, samplers and sound card manufacturers with microtonal capabilities listed A-Z.

 

TECHNO AND RAVE SITES

HyperReal

EyeCandy

 

SOME 'MOVERS' & 'SHAKERS' IN COMPUTER AND ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC MUSIC

Jean-Claude Risset

Composer. One of the pioneers in the field of computer music. Significant contributions in the development of musical applications in imitation of instruments and synthetic sounds.

Tom Erbe

Composer (computer music and new media). Teaches at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Valencia, CA. Also check out his other page

Morton Subotnick

Composer (one of the acknowledged pioneers in the field of electronic music and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media). Teaches at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Valencia, CA.

Barry Schrader

Composer (tape, dance, film, video, multimedia, live/electronic combinations, and real-time computer performance). Teaches at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) in Valencia, CA.

Lejaren Hiller

Composer.

Curtis Roads (This is the closest thing to a homepage for Curtis Roads)

Composer. Curtis Roads teaches at CREATE, Department of Music, University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-founder of the International Computer Music Association. Editor of Computer Music Journal since 1978. Author.

James Tenney

Composer and author.

David A. Jaffe

Composer and computer scientist.

Charles Dodge

Composer. Visiting professor at Dartmouth College. Author of Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance (New York: Schirmer Books, 1997).

Sever Tipei

Professor of Music. Manager Computer Music Project of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios Composition-Theory Division School of Music University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Scott A. Wyatt

Director, Experimental Music Studios at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Professor, Composition Past President, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).

Herbert Brun

Composer.

Paul Lansky

Composer.

Carla Scaletti

Composer and computer scientist. Carla Scaletti is the designer of the Kyma language and the president of Symbolic Sound.

Paul Koonce

Composer. Teaches in the Department of Music at Princeton University.

Mike Berry

Composer and Macintosh Programmer.

Rich Gold

Composer, writer and artist. Invented the field of Algorithmic Symbolism. Designed the user interface for the Serge Modular Synthesizer.

Brian Evans

Brian Evans is a digital artist/composer who uses mathematical models as the basis for his artwork, manifesting them through sound and image. He presents his work internationally in solo and group art exhibits, film festivals, music festivals and concerts, and various publications. Evans is also an educator having designed and implemented a program on electroacoustic music at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. He taught courses in the history and practice of electronic and computer music. Evans currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and pursues his visual art and music composition work full time.

Lippold Haken

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois. Educator, researcher, hardware developer. Haken is leader of the University of Illinois CERL Sound Group, and together with his graduate students developed new software algorithms and signal processing hardware for computer music. He is a successful teacher, both at the freshman and graduate level. He also is leader of Hardware Development at NCS NovaNET Learning, and has designed a mainframe computer and other equipment for networked education. He teaches ECE 302 Electronic Music Synthesis at Univ. of Ill.

Salvatore Martirano

Iinternationally acclaimed American composer and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. He died at the age of 68 on Friday, November 17th, 1995. Vist the Salvatore Martirano website to learn more about the man and his music.

John Melby

Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois. He is best known for his music written for computer-synthesized tape, either in combination with live performers or for tape alone, though in recent years he has concentrated upon the composition of large orchestral works.

Barru Truax

Barry Truax is a Professor in both the School of Communication and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he teaches courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book, Acoustic Communication, dealing with all aspects of sound and technology.

See his List of Publications.

 

COOL WEB SITES!!

The Living Room

This site has been created in the visionary spirit of J. Randolph "Randy" Hostetler as a place where artists and their supporters, especially those interested in experimental music, new artistic ideas, performance art, multimedia performance, live art, improvisation and avant garde creative endeavors of all kinds can exchange information, concepts, viewpoints, and digitized samples of their works. The site is sponsored by the nonprofit Randy Hostetler Living Room Fund.

Great site for "Sound Compositions." -- check it out.-- DL

Modular Synthsizer Tribues

A Japanese page giving tribute to a variety of modular synthesis systems. Pictures from old brochures. Includes Moog, Serge, Arp, Buchla and others.

Synth Museum

Synthmuseum.com was created in 1996 out of a need for a centralized, organized and authoritative resource for information about vintage electronic musical instruments.

Steve Beck

The ever-versatile hardware genius, Steven Beck created some early 70's synths that had no video inputs. They made video purely from oscillations. He also modified a few Paik/Abe units.

Music Technology and Computer Music Resources at DARKWING (University of Oregon)

I found this page while perusing for "Sound Compositions." It has some great links!

Complete Audio

A cool web site.

Sonic Control

Discussion Groups | Users Network | Newsletter | Book Store | MusicCreators eList | Industry News | Forums | MusicCreators eList | Books | Sell your gear | Buy gear | FAQ' on just about everything from MIDI to Digital Recording | Reviews....

A very cool site... Check it out!

PartnersInRhyme | Stonewashed |RudeAudio : Three sites with FREE soundfiles and special effects (fx) to download.

BOL Processor (Bernard Bell) -- a VERY cool site. Check it out.

Tim Thompson -- another VERY cool site. Check it out.

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