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Composition for Computer Musicians from Cengage Learning, by Michael Hewitt is a guide that explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer using any music creation and recoding program. It teaches you how to program rhythm and drums, create basslines and melodic leads, and use FX and samples. You'll also learn about mixing and mastering your track and distributing it to a mass audience. Composition for Computer Musicians explains it all while showing you the basics of music theory throughout.
About the Author:
Dr. Michael Hewitt was born in South Wales in the United Kingdom. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at London University and a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Bangor, where he specialized in musical composition. He is a classically trained musician, a composer, a lecturer, and an author on musical subjects. He writes classical scores as well as soundtracks for various television productions, both at home and abroad. He is currently working as a music technology tutor at Coleg Harlech, in North Wales.
Chapter 1: Musical Sound
Chapter 2: The Notes
Chapter 3: The Major Scale
Chapter 4: Rhythm, Tempo and Note Lengths
Chapter 5: Score Editing
Chapter 6: Intervals
Chapter 7: Meter
Chapter 8: Chords
Chapter 9: The Natural Minor Scale
Chapter 10: Melody and Motives
Chapter 11: The Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
Chapter 12: Augmented and Diminished Intervals and Interval Inversions
Chapter 13: Chordal Inversions, Octave Doubling, and Spacing
Chapter 14: Additive Rhythms
Chapter 15: Expanding Your Knowledge of Keys
Chapter 16: The Pentatonic Scale
Chapter 17: Major, Minor, Augmented and Diminished Triads
Chapter 18: Chord Progressions and Root Movement
Chapter 19: The Cycle of Fifths
Chapter 20: The Seven Diatonic Modes
Chapter 21: Chords of the Seventh
Chapter 22: Exotic Scales
Chapter 23: Complex Harmony
Chapter 24: Arpeggiation
Chapter 25: Intonation
Chapter 26: Conclusion
Appendix A: Scales
Appendix B: Audio CD and Accompanying Text Sidebars