The Technique of Electronic Music

  • Author: Thomas H. Wells & Eric S. Vogel
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Schirmer Reference; 1st edition, 1974
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0028728300
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0028728308

Note from Admin: this is very thorough book on the theory and techniques of electronic music. It is not a pure synthesizer book but contains a lot of information that is useful to understand the workings of oscillators, filters etcetera. This book is from the early 70’s so the techniques may look little outdated, but please remember that most modern techniques are improvements of older techniques. Of course the computer has taken over a lot of applications and practices, but in theory not a lot has changed. Below the image you’ll find a pdf with the complete contents of this book. Another valuable part of this book are the extended lists with resources and selected discography.

This unique and practical guide to understanding electronic music composition and production is designed for use with any type of hardware-from the most sophisticated to the most elementary. THE T’ECHNlQUE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC provides au the technical information on the design and operation of every kind of equipment students need to realize their musical ideas. Newly revised, the Second Edition offers:

  • Information on the design and operation of filters, modulation synthesis, control signals, oscillators, and mixers
  • A comprehensive chapter on psychoacoustics
  • Block diagrams illustrating the use of electronic equipment
  • Over 400 high quality oscilloscope and spectrum photographs, line drawings, and equipment photographs
  • Selected discography and sample scores of electronic music works
  • Extensive end-of-chapter bibliographies
  • Tables of frequency of notes in equal temperament. voltage and power ratio to decibels, trigonometric tables, and equipment manufacturers
  • A glossary of electronic music terminology