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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby Phil Thalasso » Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:47 pm

Hello Spogg and RJ, hello forum,

thank you for the appreciation. Usually I am too knackered after work to do anything intellectually demanding, but I have so much fun with Flowstone that at least I try to get knowledgeable about the basics. The net helps a lot.

There are very special people in this forum who let others participate by providing tutorials, schematics and entire instruments. Without those contributions I'd stand no chance of ever making any progress, so take these posts as my thank you to you all. I love to share and as I don't have much when it comes to Flowstone per se, I'll let you take part in my readings.

Here are some more links:

An article about Dr. Moog's achievements and significance ... e_moog.pdf

An article about early computer music and research:
Turenas: the realization of a dream ... enas2b.pdf

and a link to an interesting edu-website on computer music:

with an interesting resource page.

Off-topic is this one:

It's a history of computer input devices. Actually, the entire website is interesting to me.

Enjoy + Regards
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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby Phil Thalasso » Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:35 pm

Hello forum,

some finds for the week-end and maybe beyond:

A Digital Signal Processing Primer: With Applications to Digital Audio and Computer Music ... singPrimer

Digital Harmony: On the Complementarity of Music and Visual Art

Warning: PDF > 280 MB

Aesthetic Considerations in the Use of “Virtual” Music Instruments

Composing Electronic Music A New Aesthetic ... stheticPdf

International Electronic Music Catalog, 1967 ... sicCatalog

Warning: PDF > 200 MB!

An introduction to synthesizers dating from the dx-7 era: ... dpi%29.pdf

Vintage from Roland Corporation: ... onic_Music ... c_volume_1 ... c_volume_2

1970's state-of-the-art technology:

Computers and Music, 1986

Warning: PDF > 300 MB

2004 Thesis about modular synthesizers: ... iploma.pdf

A film:
Discovering Electronic Music
Portrays the physical basis of music and shows how music can be created and altered by electronic means. Includes music from a sound synthesizer and computer-controlled music ... sic_201607

A History of Electronic Music Pioneers:

The Technique Of Electronic Music, 1974: ... sWells1974

Warning: PDF > 250 MB!

The history and development of Computer Music

or as a brochure: ... -music.pdf

The Physics of Music and Musical Instruments:
A presentation for high-school students.

The Physical Basis of Music:

Either chapter by chapter here:

or grab the entire pdf here:

Music and Physics, 1966

Just in case if like me, you have a bunch of old stuff laying around, this book could be lots of fun to draw ideas from:

Creative Musical Instrument Design:

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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby BobF » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:09 pm

Hello Phil Thalasso,

Some great finds there! Mnay thanks and keep them comming.

Later then, BobF.....
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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby Phil Thalasso » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:53 pm

Hello flowstoners,

it's Friday and here's some fun stuff to read and look at for the week-end +:

Digital Signal Processing: A User’s Guide

Digital Filter Design

Digital Signal Processing

Digital Signal Processing
Dublin Institute of Technology

Digital Signal Processing Foundations

"Signals are all around us and come in a wide variety of shapes and forms. When we speak we create pressure variations in the air which generate audio signals; earthquakes produce large seismic signals; healthcare professionals monitor ECG signals which capture the electrical activity of the heart; radio, internet and telephone signals are being transmitted across the world; the list of signals is endless! (see 2 minute video at for some examples) Digital signal processing (DSP) is primarily about making use of computers to help us analyse and manipulate signals in order to help us with our everyday lives. To get a flavour of where DSP is being used check out the lists below; it really is a key component in many innovative solutions and products in recent times."

DSP 2nd Edition:

"This book provides an account of the mathematical background, computational methods and software engineering associated with digital signal processing. The aim has been to provide the reader with the mathematical methods required for signal analysis which are then used to develop models and algorithms for processing digital signals and finally to encourage the reader to design software solutions for Digital Signal Processing (DSP). In this way, the reader is invited to develop a small DSP library that can then be expanded further with a focus on his/her research interests and applications."

Advanced Digital Signal Processing
Université Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée ... ed-DSP.pdf

and ... h-M1-2010/

a website with Course Material, further links, all in English!

Electronic Schematics (not flowstone schematics)

Korg MS-10

Korg MS-20

Korg MS-50

Moog 901A,

Moog 901B

Moog 901C

Moog 902

Moog 904A

Moog 904B

Moog 904C

Moog 921

Moog 956

Oberheim Mini Sequencer

Wishing you all a good time and have fun with the above!

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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby Phil Thalasso » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:42 am

Hello flowstoners,

the week-end is coming and here is some stuff to read.
As I am currently playing with a sequencer project, the focus of this post is on music theory and automated music composition.

Music in Terms of Science

The Distance Geometry of Music

Harmonic materials of modern music; resources of the tempered scale

The diatonic modes in modern music

Ethnic Musical Scales ... cOtherwise

Eighty Musical Sentences

Scales and arpeggios for the pianoforte

Scales, intervals, harmony

A primer of modern musical tonality : intended for self-study, as an introduction to the study of harmony

Six Techniques for Algorithmic Music Composition
This paper describes six of the techniques used by the programs that compose music for the automated telephone demo. Each algorithm presented seeks to implement a single composition idea well. Combinations of these algorithms have been used as the basis for applications as diverse as a real-time network transmission monitor and an incidental music generator for videotape productions

Techniques for Algorithmic Composition of Music
This paper is an overview of various techniques used by the author over the last 3 years in the production of computer-generated music. It covers work using semi-random noise, chaotic dynamical systems, contour analysis, and evolutionary programming

DISCO: An object-oriented system for music composition and sound design
This paper describes an object-oriented approach to music composition and sound design. The approach unifies the processes of music making and instrument building by using similar logic, objects, and procedures. The composition modules use an abstract representation of musical data, which can be easily mapped onto different synthesis languages or a traditionally notated score. An abstract base class is used to derive classes on different time scales. Objects can be related to act across time scales, as well as across an entire piece, and relationships between similar objects can replicate traditional music operations or introduce new ones. The DISCO (Digital Instrument for Sonification and Composition) system is an open-ended work in progress.

A Presentation by Dr. Nierhaus on algorithmic composition

you can access an article by Dr. Nierhaus via ... Generation

One more presentation:
Algorithmic composition: An overview of the field, inspired by a criticism of its methods

And another one:
Music Generation and Algorithmic Composition: ... o-comp.pdf

A short blog-post with interesting links: ... mposition/

and a website with recommended reading + links: ... adings.htm


AI Methods in Algorithmic Composition: A Comprehensive Survey
Since the 1950s, different computational techniques related to Artificial Intelligence have been used for algorithmic composition, including grammatical representations, probabilistic methods, neural networks, symbolic rule-based systems, constraint programming and evolutionary algorithms. This survey aims to be a comprehensive account of research on algorithmic composition, presenting a thorough view of the field for researchers in Artificial Intelligence.

Grammar Based Music Composition

Algorithmic Composition: Computational Thinking in Music
DRAFT ... 1e0452.pdf

A New Composition Algorithm for Automatic Generation of Thematic Music from the Existing Music Pieces ... 08-812.pdf


University of Michigan
Algorithmic Composition as a model of creativity

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
An Application of Evolutionary Algorithms to Music: Co-Evolving Melodies and Harmonization ... sequence=1

Swedish Royal Institute of Technology
Algorithmic Composition of Popular Music ... %20Jan.pdf

Technical University Berlin
Music Out of Nothing? A Rigorous Approach to Algorithmic Composition by Iannis Xenakis ... s_2009.pdf

The University of Bath
Algorithmic Composition for Flute and Accompaniment ... 2007-8.pdf

University of Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Uppsala University Sweden
Algorithmic composition using signal processing and swarm behavior ... TEXT01.pdf

Analysis of Generative Music

Algorithmic Composition Methods for Breakbeat Science ... ollins.pdf

Computational Intelligence in Music Composition: A Survey

Presenting ROBIN - ACM-Software ... NARIOS.pdf


Algorithmic Composition of Melodies with Deep Recurrent Neural Networks
-Technical Paper-

About the number of generators of a musical scale
-Technical Paper -

Sequential Complexity as a Descriptor for Musical Similarity
-Technical Paper-

You all have fun and a good time!
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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby Phil Thalasso » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:18 am

Hello forum,

something for the week-end:

First is a list of books that may or may not help to self-study dsp underlying math-principles:

Maybe of general interest. ... ernPhysics

Fourier Analysis
by R.D. Stuart
Topics Mathematics, Fourier Series, Fourier Integrals, Periodic Waveforms, Transients:

Fourier Analysis - Theory and Applications- Fourier Transform
by Sigurdur Helgason
Publication date 1/1/04
Topics Maths, Differential Equations (ODEs & PDEs), Methods, Fourier Analysis, Mathematics

Fourier analysis and its applications
by Vretblad, Anders

Publication date 2003
Topics Fourier analysis ... 87-21723-9

Clever algorithms : nature-inspired programming recipes

An encyclopedic algorithm reference, this book is intended for research scientists, engineers, students, and interested amateurs. Each algorithm description provides a working code example in the Ruby Programming Language

Algorithms Notes for Professionals
by Stack Overflow

The Algorithms Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow. ... fessionals

Algorithms - Jeff Erickson ... rithms.pdf

Introduction To Algorithms 3rd Edition
by Thomas H. Cormen ... 3rdEdition

Have a good time
Regards Phil
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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby tulamide » Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:15 am

Phil Thalasso wrote:Algorithms Notes for Professionals
by Stack Overflow

The Algorithms Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow. ... fessionals

Just had a quick read at this and it is awesome! It actually speaks to beginners more than to professionals, but that's exactly why I highly recommend it for those who are already a bit familiar with Ruby, but not with certain details of algorithm programming. A big part of this book is pathfinding, which you only need when developing games, but the rest is very valuable (like dozens of sorting algorithms, matrix programming and such).
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Re: Electronic Music Systems

Postby RJHollins » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:21 am

Thank-You !
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