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Electronic and Computer Music$
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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195144840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144840.001.0001

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From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity

From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity

(p.197) 11 From Computer Technology to Musical Creativity
Electronic and Computer Music

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

The pioneering phase of computer music, spearheaded by the development of the MUSICn series of programs, came to an end with the diversification of technologies that led to cheaper and ultimately more versatile alternatives to the mainframe computer. Although these programs could still not be executed in real time, improvements in processing power were steadily reducing the time delay between submitting tasks and auditioning the results. Composers, accordingly, became more adventurous in their use of these programs, highlighting in turn the drawbacks of relying on a basic alphanumeric coding system for the input of score data.

Keywords:   MUSICn, mainframe computer, alphanumeric coding system

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