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3rd Edition

The Digital Musician

ISBN 9781138569621
Published August 8, 2018 by Routledge
348 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Digital Musician, Third Edition is an introductory textbook for creative music technology and electronic music courses. Written to be accessible to students from any musical background, this book examines cultural awareness, artistic identity and musical skills, offering a system-agnostic survey of digital music creation. Each chapter presents creative projects that reinforce concepts, as well as case studies of real musicians and discussion questions for further reflection.

This third edition has been updated to reflect developments in an ever-changing musical landscape—most notably the proliferation of mobile technologies—covering topics such as collaborative composition, virtual reality, data sonification and digital scores, while encouraging readers to adapt to continuous technological changes. With an emphasis on discovering one’s musical voice and identity, and tools and ideas that are relevant in any musical situation, The Digital Musician is sure to be an invaluable student resource for years to come.

Features of the third edition:

  • Additional case studies, with new interviews exclusive to the third edition
  • Revised chapter structure with an emphasis on student focus and understanding, featuring additional and expanded chapters
  • Reinstatement of selected and updated first edition topics, including mixing, mastering and microphones
  • Companion website featuring case study interviews, a historical listening list, bibliography and many additional projects

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Digital Musician / PART I: AURAL AWARENESS / Chapter 1: Hearing and Listening / Chapter 2: Listening to Music / Chapter 3: Exploring Sound / PART II: MUSICAL CREATIVITY / Chapter 4: Working with Digital Audio / Chapter 5: Shaping Sounds / Chapter 6: Organizing Sound / Chapter 7: Composing Music / PART III: PERFORMANCE ABILITY / Chapter 8: Instruments / Chapter 9: Performing / Chapter 10: Musicianship / Chapter 11: Media / PART IV: CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE / Chapter 12: Cultural Context / Chapter 13: Critical Engagement / Chapter 14: Understanding Digital Music / PART V: REAL-WORLD SKILLS / Chapter 15: The Digital World

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Andrew Hugill is Professor of Creative Computing at University of Leicester, UK.


"The third edition of The Digital Musician brings this superb textbook up to date, with new information and a revised structure that provides clarity and insight. Andrew Hugill invites readers to consider the essential question of what it is to be a musician working with digital technologies. The Digital Musician is the only book that approaches the subject in such a fundamentally holistic manner. It should be on every reading list of every university music course."

—Paul Jackson, Director of Music and Performance, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

"The Digital Musician is a thorough introduction to creative music technologies, written for the twenty-first century musician. It provides not only a practical survey of the techniques but also a panorama of the aesthetics and ideas that surround digital music making. This is recommended reading for anyone ready to jump into the field but not yet acquainted with its fundamentals."

—Victor Lazzarini, Dean of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Philosophy, Maynooth University, Ireland

"Andrew Hugill's panoramic view of twenty-first century music enables readers to find their unique place in our changing world and to understand where others are coming from—even the weird ones! The Digital Musician presents a thoughtful survey for newcomers while filling in foundations for more experienced readers."

—Jeffrey M. Morris, Associate Professor, Department of Performance Studies, Texas A&M University