Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking Paperback – Apr 13 2009
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About the Author
Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. Dr. Collins is Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has led hacking workshops around the world. He has been Visiting Artistic Director of STEIM (Amsterdam) and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of Leonardo Music Journal.
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This book is good if you are anxious to get started on a project and you want to make noise asap. There are about twenty or thirty projects that increase in difficulty, complexity and cost (e.g., more specialized parts, tools, components, etc). The projects can be independent, or can be sort of piggybacked and linked to create a few larger projects by the end if one were to follow the book sequentially (I did not). There are usually suggestions on how to expand each project, and the author always encourages the reader to experiment (though never with a wall socket!).
It is very light on theory, but the goal is noise and creative experimentation, not math. The author makes this clear from the beginning, but also points the reader in the right direction if he / she wants to know more.
The DVD is incredible. Little instruction videos by the author in his workshop; music; videos; art; weirdness. A unique collection almost worth the cost of the book itself.
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