Bookcover: Computer Composer's Toolbox

Computer Composer's Toolbox

Phil Winsor — author. 

February, 2000




Paperback, Hardcover


About Winsor's Computer Composer's Toolbox

Enter the world of computer-aided composition. It is easy with Phil Winsor’s Computer Composer’s Toolbox. Discover the enormous creative and time-saving potential of computerized music composition. Whether you are a musician hoping to see what the computer can do for you or a computer hobbyist interested in learning about music, Computer Composer’s Toolbox has something to offer. More than 100 ready-to-use subroutines are included to illuminate key concepts throughout the book.

Included are:

  • Instructions for programming in BASIC—perfect if you are a musician or music student just getting acquainted with computers
  • A beginning course in musical composition, showing in detail how to create a variety of sounds with the computer
  • Insights into contemporary trends in both music composition and computerized sound
  • A practical, hands-on library of 117 music music-generating subroutines, with descriptions of the results you can expect from them
  • Actual program modules that you can use as models or even plug into your own compositions immediately

Table of Contents:

  1. Utilities
  2. Series and Motive Operations
  3. Probability Distribution Functions
  4. Sorting and Searching
  5. Sound/Text Composition
  6. General Composition

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About the Author

An accomplished musician and Professor of Composition at the University of North Texas, PHIL WINSOR is Director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia and a Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Sciences, and the author of three other books on computer-assisted music composition.

For more information on these books and the author, please visit Phil Winsor’s web site at

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