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Friday, April 01, 2011

1974 Experimenting with Electronic Music, 1st ed.


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"Published the very same year electro-industrial pioneers Kraftwerk released their breakthrough album "Autobahn," here's a wonderful, rare book covering virtually everything you ever wanted to know about music synthesis and reproduction. Within its pages is an overview of the history of electronic music, from RCA's tube-based Mark I to modern solid-state synthesizers, with photos of the Minimoog and the Moog Sonic Six, as well as the Tonus ARP 2500, 2600, and Soloist consoles. For you tinkerers out there, the book also contains numerous construction projects, including two (2) separate transistorized theremins complete with detailed alignment instructions. All projects come ready-to-build with full schematics and parts lists.

Contents include:

Musical Electronics

History - Mechanical Tone Generation - Electronic Tone Generation - The Music Synthesizer

Sound and the Electronic Signal

Sound - Harmonic Motion - The Sine Wave - Additive Synthesis - Square Wave - Sawtooth Wave - Beat Notes - The Envelope - White Sound - Using the Complex Wave

The Instruments

Mechanical Tone Generators (string, wind, and percussive) - Experimenting

Microphone and Pickup Applications

Principles - Ceramic and Crystal Applications - Homemade Ceramic - Homemade Percussion - Dynamic Microphones - Magnetic Pickups - Homemade Magnetic Pickup - Condenser - Impedance

Building a Small Electric Organ

Tone Generation - General Construction - Tremolo Modulator - Mixer - Homemade Keyboards - Combining the Stages

The Electronic Modifiers

Tremolo Circuit - Envelope Control Circuit - Trigger Circuit - Attack Envelope Generator Circuit - Photoelectric Modulator - Reverberation - Chime Device - "Fuzz" Circuit - Sustain Circuit

Electronic Tone Generators

Multi-waveform Generator - Pink Noise Circuit - Two Theremin Projects - Automatic Percussion Circuit - The Almost Nightingale - Mini-Organ

Odds and Ends

Two-Channel Mixer - Three-Channel Mixer - Voice Selector - Variable Bandpass Amplifier - Active High-Pass Filter - Resonant Filter - Tube Filter - Tape and Echo

Apart from some moderate cover wear, the book is in very good condition. 180 pages. First edition, copyright 1974. This item ships WORLDWIDE."

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