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Abstraction in Computer Music Software Systems

Title Abstraction in Computer Music Software Systems
Publication Type Master Thesis
Year of Publication 2005
Authors Geiger, G.
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Abstract In its almost 50 years of existence the field of computer music has brought us dozens of software systems, and new ones are still being added. This is a sign of the fields vitality and of constant interest in improving the tools that are used in order to make music on computers.

This work is primarily an overview of existing systems, from a conceptual point of view, in an attempt to extract the essence of computer music systems and to pinpoint the software models that work best in the computer music domain. The criteria are °exibility, speed and - drawn from human computer interaction - intuitiveness of the programming model.

Secondarily it is a review of my research work in this direction and finally an attempt to reassemble the best ideas into a consistent, fast, flexible and easy to use interactive computer music system that foments experimentation and creativity.

The domain of this work is very broad and it can't give all the answers, but it hopefully manage to ask the right questions.