1st Edition

Introduction to Digital Music with Python Programming Learning Music with Code

    278 Pages 136 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    278 Pages 136 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Introduction to Digital Music with Python Programming provides a foundation in music and code for the beginner. It shows how coding empowers new forms of creative expression while simplifying and automating many of the tedious aspects of production and composition.

    With the help of online, interactive examples, this book covers the fundamentals of rhythm, chord structure, and melodic composition alongside the basics of digital production. Each new concept is anchored in a real-world musical example that will have you making beats in a matter of minutes.

    Music is also a great way to learn core programming concepts such as loops, variables, lists, and functions, Introduction to Digital Music with Python Programming is designed for beginners of all backgrounds, including high school students, undergraduates, and aspiring professionals, and requires no previous experience with music or code.

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    Chapter 1: Why Music and Coding?

    Interlude 1: Basic Pop Beat

    Chapter 2: Rhythm and Tempo

    Interlude 2: Custom Trap Beat

    Chapter 3: Pitch, Harmony, and Dissonance

    Interlude 3: Melodies and Lists

    Chapter 4: Chords

    Interlude 4: Playing Chords

    Chapter 5: Scales, Keys, and Melody

    Interlude 5: Lean on Me

    Chapter 6: Diatonic Chords and Progressions

    Interlude 6: Random Chord progressions

    Chapter 7: Frequency, Fourier, and Filters

    Interlude 7: Creative Effects

    Chapter 8: Note-Based Production Effects

    Interlude 8: Drum Fills

    Chapter 9: Song Composition and EarSketch

    Interlude 9: Snare Drum Riser

    Chapter 10: Modular Synthesis

    Interlude 10: Drum Machine

    Chapter 11: History of Music and Computing

    Appendix A: Python Reference

    Appendix B: TunePad Reference

    Appendix C: Music Reference




    Michael S. Horn is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he directs the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab.

    Melanie West is a PhD student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University and co-founder of Tiz Media Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underrepresented youth through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs.

    Cameron Roberts is a software developer and musician living in Chicago. He holds degrees from Northwestern University in Music Performance and Computer Science.