The Csound Book

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The Csound Book

Perspectives in Software Synthesis, Sound Design, Signal Processing and Programming

Edited by Richard Boulanger
Foreword by Barry Vercoe
Preface by Max Mathews
740 pages,
32 Text Chapters
45 CD-ROM Chapters

Comments about the book

“This is the most important book written in the last decade in the field of electronic music. Together with the new Csound technology, it will revolutionize electronic music.”
– Max Mathews, CCRMA, Stanford University

“Written for the technically astute, The Csound Book and its accompanying CD-ROMs provide a vast resource for seasoned Csound users to expand their usage of the language. With its numerous examples and tutorials, this tome also makes Csound more accessible to a new generation of more musically oriented individuals. As such, it marks a potential turning point in the field of computer music. This is an important text.”
– Marcia Bauman, IDEAMA, CCRMA, Stanford University

“This book provides both a theoretical introduction and practical hints to use Csound and tailor it to the reader’s own needs. It is an excellent tutorial and much more, since a host of distinguished contributors make their own developments available.
I look forward myself to developing my own sonic and musical tools with The Csound Book.”
– Jean-Claude Risset, Composer, Directeur de recherche, Laboratoire de Mecanique et d’Acoustique of CNRS, Marseilles

“Barry Vercoe’s Csound is one of the major contributions to music-making in our time.
The Csound Book, with its wealth of information and lore, is now the essential guide for students and professionals to this ever-expanding invaluable resource.”
– Richard Karpen, Director of CARTAH, University of Washington, Seattle

Book/CD-ROM Contributors

Some of the world’s best and most important Sound Designers, Artists, Programmers and Teachers:

Bill Alves, Stephen Beck, Mike Berry, Riccardo Bianchini, Kim Cascone, Michael Clarke, Richard Dobson, Archer Endrich, John ffitch, Rajmil Fischman, Michael Goggins, Matt Ingalls, Richard Karpen, Eric Lyon, Gabriel Maldonado, Hans Mikelson, Jon Nelson, Dave Phillips, Jean Piché, Russell Pinkston, Paris Smaragdis, Erik Spjut, Barry Vercoe, Scotty Vercoe.