Max V. Mathews

  • Current Directions in Computer Music Research

    Max V. Mathews and John R. Pierce

    These twenty-one original contributions by composers, behavioral scientists, engineers, and other specialists from many of the international centers of research in computer music provide an inside report on the most sophisticated aspects of digital synthesis, control and understanding of musical sound, and related work on perception. Among the specific topics covered are speech songs, synthesis of the singing voice, spatial reverberation, the simulation of bowed instruments, and a conductor program utilizing a mechanical baton. A chapter authored jointly by Mathews and Pierce describes a new musical scale they have been working on for the past few years.

    • Hardcover $44.00
    • Paperback $32.95
  • The Technology of Computer Music

    Max V. Mathews

    The computer is rapidly supplementing the electronic sound studio as an effective sound source and M. V. Mathews is the pioneer and authority in the increasingly important field of generating and processing speech and music through computers.

    The book is intended for people who now employ or are planning to employ the computer in sound-generation and processing: engineers and scientists concerned with speech and acoustics as well as musicians and audiologists working with sound synthesis and the production of speech or music.

    The general technology of generating and processing sound by computer is covered in the first section of the book, and although understanding the subject does not depend on a knowledge of mathematics, special mathematical sections and an appendix will provide the interested reader with the main mathematical relationships underlying the discussion.

    Chapter 1 covers some fundamentals common to all computer sound processing: the representation of sounds as numbers; the underlying processes of sampling and quantizing a sound wave; the approximations and errors which are inherent in sampling and quantizing; the operation of digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters; the construction of smoothing filters; the storage and manipulation of sound waves in numerical form. This chapter also provides an introductory look at computer programming for sound processing which is the central subject of the rest of the book.

    Specific tutorial material aimed at training the user in one particular sound generating program – Music V – is given in the second section of the book. The material assumes that the user has a working knowledge of Fortran and of the general functioning of a computer – arithmetic, memory, input-output, and programming. Relevant reference works are cited at the end of the chapter for those who require greater knowledge of these operations. Section Three contains a detailed description of the operation and structure of the program for Music V. Because it is written in Fortran IV, Music V is easily adaptable to a wide variety of computers. This section also contains reference material for users of Music V and source material for those who desire more fundamental knowledge of a sound generating program in order to write their own program.

    An appendix discusses the relations of psychoacoustics to the composition of music by computer.

    • Hardcover $22.50


  • The Audio Programming Book

    The Audio Programming Book

    Richard Boulanger and Victor Lazzarini

    An encyclopedic handbook on audio programming for students and professionals, with many cross-platform open source examples and a DVD covering advanced topics.

    This comprehensive handbook of mathematical and programming techniques for audio signal processing will be an essential reference for all computer musicians, computer scientists, engineers, and anyone interested in audio. Designed to be used by readers with varying levels of programming expertise, it not only provides the foundations for music and audio development but also tackles issues that sometimes remain mysterious even to experienced software designers. Exercises and copious examples (all cross-platform and based on free or open source software) make the book ideal for classroom use. Fifteen chapters and eight appendixes cover such topics as programming basics for C and C++ (with music-oriented examples), audio programming basics and more advanced topics, spectral audio programming; programming Csound opcodes, and algorithmic synthesis and music programming. Appendixes cover topics in compiling, audio and MIDI, computing, and math. An accompanying DVD provides an additional 40 chapters, covering musical and audio programs with micro-controllers, alternate MIDI controllers, video controllers, developing Apple Audio Unit plug-ins from Csound opcodes, and audio programming for the iPhone.

    The sections and chapters of the book are arranged progressively and topics can be followed from chapter to chapter and from section to section. At the same time, each section can stand alone as a self-contained unit. Readers will find The Audio Programming Book a trustworthy companion on their journey through making music and programming audio on modern computers.

    • Hardcover $70.00
  • Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound

    Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound

    An Introduction to Psychoacoustics

    Perry R. Cook

    The first book to provide comprehensive introductory coverage of the multiple topics encompassed under psychoacoustics.

    How hearing works and how the brain processes sounds entering the ear to provide the listener with useful information are of great interest to psychologists, cognitive scientists, and musicians. However, while a number of books have concentrated on individual aspects of this field, known as psychoacoustics, there has been no comprehensive introductory coverage of the multiple topics encompassed under the term. Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound is the first book to provide that coverage, and it does so via a unique and useful approach.

    The book begins with introductory chapters on the basic physiology and functions of the ear and auditory sections of the brain, then proceeds to discuss numerous topics associated with the study of psychoacoustics, including cognitive psychology and the physics of sound. The book has a particular emphasis on music and computerized sound. An accompanying download includes many sound examples to help explicate the text and is available with the code included in the book at To download sound samples, you can obtain a unique access code by emailing or calling 617-253-2889 or 800-207-8354 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada).The contributing authors include John Chowning, Perry R. Cook, Brent Gillespie, Daniel J. Levitin, Max Mathews, John Pierce, and Roger Shepard.

    • Hardcover $62.95
    • Paperback $55.00