This tutorial gives an introduction to the basics of computer music. It part theory and part practice (using the CSound program to do a few sound experiments).
The tutorial covers:
- How sound is stored and processed by a computer
- Musical notes and tonality
- Time varying effects
- Sound synthesis using additive techniques
- Frequency modulation
- Sound synthesis using subtractive techniques
The tutorial includes a few simple experiments, creating sounds with CSound. You don’t need any prior knowledge of CSound, as this tutorial serves as a very simple beginner’s guide.