1st Edition

Play with Sound Manual for electronic musicians and other sound explorers

By Tommaso Rosati, Timothy Hsu Copyright 2025
    208 Pages 283 Color Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    208 Pages 283 Color Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Play with Sound: Manual for electronic musicians and other sound explorers offers a thorough introduction to music technology by centring curiosity and creativity in the exploration of the fundamentals of sound.

    With colour illustrations throughout, this book covers the differences between types of audio software, the principles of acoustics and electroacoustic systems, audio processing, sound synthesis, and communication protocols. Each chapter features creative exercises focussed on live electronics, production, and composition, to test the theories presented and develop creativity, whilst unique, interactive graphics and lesson slides are available as digital resources to enhance learning inside and outside the classroom.

    Play with Sound is an ideal textbook for beginners of all backgrounds looking for an introduction to music technology and production, including students of higher and further education courses, as well as those learning outside of traditional classroom settings who wish to expand their skills and professional opportunities into the world of music technology.

    1. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics  2. Electroacoustic Systems  3. Communication Protocols  4. Sound Processing  5. Sound Synthesis


    Tommaso Rosati is an Italian sound artist who explores creativity halfway between an academic and a pop approach. He loves augmented instruments, adores music tech design and visualization, constantly hunts for sounds, and is obsessed with the relationship between technology and musical gesture.

    Timothy Hsu is a faculty member in Music Technology at Indiana University – Indianapolis. He loves to mentor students to explore the intersection of musical creativity and technical innovation. His research interests center on aspects of human and environmental sustainability through music technology and acoustics.