The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music

The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music

“The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music”, by Miller Puckette, is available online and in pdf format for free. This is a book about using electronic techniques to record, synthesize, process, and analyze musical sounds.


This is the first book to develop both the theory and the practice of synthesizing musical sounds using computers.
Each chapter starts with a theoretical description of one technique or problem area and ends with a series of working examples (over 100 in all), covering a wide range of applications. A unifying approach is taken throughout; chapter two, for example, treats both sampling and wavetable synthesis as special cases of one underlying technique. Although the theory is presented quantitatively, the mathematics used goes no further than trigonometry and complex numbers.

Table of Contents

  • Sinusoids, Amplitude and Frequency
  • Wavetables and Samplers
  • Audio and Control Computations
  • Automation and Voice Management
  • Modulation
  • Designer Spectra
  • Time Shifts and Delays
  • Filters
  • Fourier Analysis and Resynthesis
  • Classical Waveforms

Book Details

Author(s): Miller Puckette
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
Format(s): PDF, HTML(Online)
File size: 1.86 MB
Number of pages: 337
Link: Download or read online.

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