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By Charles Dodge, Thomas A. Jerse

This article displays the present nation of laptop expertise and track composition. The authors provide transparent, useful overviews of software languages, real-time synthesizers, electronic filtering, man made intelligence, and masses extra.

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The alphabetic code denotes the type of statement (only statements that generate notes are shown), and the numbers represent parameter values that will be passed to an instrument. Each parameter resides in a "field" called a p-field. In exam­ ple 1 . 1, the code makes use of five p-fields. In the Csound coding ''1'' is in the first p­ field, "0" is in the second, "1" is in the third, and so on. The coding in our example assumes a rather simple computer instrument using only the parameters of instrument number, starting time, duration, frequency, and amplitude.

Computers also deal with sound in these terms, so that such knowledge is necessary for computer musicians. However, because the results of their work are ultimately conveyed to listeners, it is also essential that they understand the mechanisms that enable humans to respond to acoustic energy. Sound received by the ear is processed by the auditory system, which extends from P R ESS U R E , , , I , , , ' .. _ .. I I " " .. 7 Cosine wave plotted relative to a sine wave. 8 Schematic o f the hearing apparatus o f the ear.

An OS also provides for the orderly transition of control of the CPU from one program to another, thus making it possible to link programs togeth­ er. The OS also makes it easy for the user to handle the information stored in the mass­ storage devices. This important service will be described later in the section. Simple operating systems provide for a single process. In other words, only one pro­ gram can be run at a time because the CPU is devoted exclusively to executing the cur­ rent program.

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