Readings and Listenings

Required text:

Music Technology and Computers Readings. A compilation of articles from diverse sources. [Available from the Ant Farm in the University Marketplace.]


Bartlett, Bruce and Jenny. "Microphone Technique Basics", Practical Recording Techniques. Boston: Focal Press, 1998. pp. 107-124.

Cage, John. Silence. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1967. (Originally published by The Wesleyan University Press, 1991.) pp. 3-17.

Chadabe, Joel. "The Electronic Century" (parts I-III), Electronic Musician, Feb.-Apr. 2000.

Chanan, Michael. Repeated Takes. New York: Verso, 1995. pp. 1-22.

Chowning, John. "The Synthesis of Complex Audio Spectra by Means of Frequency Modulation". Journal of the Audio Engineering Society v. 21, no. 7, September 1973.

Copland, Aaron. What to Listen for in Music. New York: Penguin Books USA Inc., 1988. (First edition published by McGraw-Hill, 1939.) pp. 3-19.

Dobrian, Christopher. "How Digital Audio Works" from MSP: The Documentation. Santa Cruz, CA: Cycling '74, 1997.

Dobrian, Christopher. "Music and Language". Ph.D. qualifying examination, 1992. pp. 1-53.

Dobrian, Christopher. "Music Programming". Unpublished, 1988.

Eco, Umberto. Travels in Hyperreality. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. pp. 135-150.

Gibson, Bill. "MIDI Theory", The Audio Pro Home Recording Course. Emeryville, CA: Mix Books, 1999. pp. 9-26.

Hiller, Lejaren Arthur . "The Aesthetic Problem", Experimental music : composition with an electronic computer. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1979. (1959.) pp. 10-35.

Morgenstern, Sam, ed. Composers on Music. New York: Pantheon Books, 1956. pp. 442-444, 521-526.

Rossing, Thomas D. The Science of Sound. 2nd edition. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1990. pp. 31-323, 347-354.

Rumsey, Francis and McCormick, Tim. "What is Sound?", Sound and Recording. Oxford: Focal Press, 1997. pp. 1-35.

Rumsey, Francis and McCormick, Tim. "Microphones", Sound and Recording. Oxford: Focal Press, 1997. pp. 49-71.

Russolo, Luigi. The Art of Noises. Barclay Brown, transl. New York: Pendragon Press,1986. pp. 23-30.

Turing, Alan M. "Computing Machinery and Intelligence". Mind 59:236 (1950), excerpt.

Varèse, Edgard. "The Liberation of Sound", Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, [Richard Kostelanetz and Joseph Darby, eds.]. New York: Schirmer, 1996. pp. 47-53.

Yuasa, Joji. "Mind in Art". Perspectives of New Music 31:2 (Summer, 1993). pp. 178-185.


All required listenings are available on reserve, or as part of the regular collection, at the Music Media Center, 116 Music and Media Building.

Antheil, George. Ballet mécanique.

Cage, John. "Sonata No. 5". Sonatas and Interludes.

Curran, Alvin. Electric Rags I: Miss Behavin'. Performed at the Kitchen, NYC, 1990.

Dobrian, Christopher. "Degueudoudeloupe". San Diego, CA: CARL, CME, UCSD, 1985.

Dobrian, Christopher. "Entropy". Intercambio/Exchange. San Diego, CA: CRCA, 1993.

Dobrian, Christopher. "Line/Phase Minutiae". San Diego, CA: CARL, CRCA, UCSD, 1990.

Dobrian, Christopher. "There's Just One Thing You Need To Know". Irvine, CA: UCI, 1998.

Jaffe, David. "Silicon Valley Breakdown". XXIst Century Mandolin. Well Tempered, 1993.

Kraftwerk. "We Are the Robots". The Robots.

Lennon, John. "Revolution No. 9". The Beatles. Apple, 1969.

Lewis, George E. Voyager: Improvised Duos Between Human and Computer Musicians. Avant, 1993.

Lucier, Alvin. I Am Sitting in a Room. Lovely Records.

McNabb, Michael. "Dreamsong". Computer Music: Selections. Petaluma, CA: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, 1983.

Reynolds, Roger. "Vanity of Words". Computer Music Currents, 4. West Germany: Wergo, 1989.

Schaeffer, Pierre. Etude aux sons animés.

Sonami, Laetitia. "Story Road". Jewel Box. Tellus 26.

Stevens, John. "Barrage No. 4" and "Feed". Barrage. San Diego, CA: 1995.

Stone, Carl. "Shing Kee". Mom's. San Francisco, CA: New Albion Records, 1992.

Subotnik, Morton. All My Hummingbirds Have Alibis (CD-ROM).

Varèse, Edgard. Ionisation.

Christopher Dobrian
March 31, 2000