Maybe you’re ALREADY writing programs…

Following up on discussions that are taking place on the csound forums at nabble.com…there was some discussion about creating music with computer programs.

Consider the following. A piece of of sheet music is actually a program in itself: it’s a list of instructions to a player about which notes to play, at which volume, for how long and at what tempo. With some articulation and other information added in.

This analogy is not that strained. When you think of markings like D C al capo, bar repeat notation, etc., note how similar they are to loop and repeat constructions in computer language. So anyone who writes music that way is already writing a kind of music program. A language like csound is merely a different construction to tell the computer in much more detail what to play.

From that point of view, working is csound might be less frightening to a musician who’s computer literat

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