MATRIXSYNTH: Experimenting with Electronic Music, 1st ed.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Experimenting with Electronic Music, 1st ed.

"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

Hardcover, 180 pages. First edition, copyright 1974."

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I added this to the Synth Books section as well.

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