from this: (Ferranti Mark 1- 1951)
BBC recording 1951
to this- Jamie Lidell
The state of the art of music on the computer.
Development of “computer music” 1980s to now.
This is the Fairlight, the original digital musical instrument:
Miami Vice Theme:
Fairlight CMI Series II (1980)
- Price: ~£25,000
- CPUs: Dual Motorola 6800
- Storage: Two 8″ floppy drives
- Memory: 16 kB per voice, System: 64 kB, Video: 16 kB (512×256 pixels)
- Voices: 8 voices of polyphony
Fairlight Pro App for iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad, iOS 4.0 or later. (2011)
- Entire original Fairlight CMI IIX Sound Library containing 564 voices.
The MIDI standard- 1983
FM from the 70’s
DX7- first MIDI synth
Madonna Live to tell
Janet Jackson When I think of you
Present day computer- professional multimedia workstation.
Garageband, iMovie etc.
Digital Filmmaking Mike Figgis
What can a musician do on the computer?
- Compose music
- Notate music
- Record music
- Edit recording
- Make accompanying loops for practicing instruments
- Master recordings for CD production, or other electronic distribution.
- Design art work for recording
- Research music
- Write or research program notes
- Make and edit video to go with music
- Make a website on which to post music and video, or comment on music or blog about music, or to connect with other musicians.
File formats: professional output- democratization of digital art
1. Compose, notate, record music.
Logic, Sibelius and then also Garageband, (iPad and computer)
New idea of creativity
“no musical talent required”
Compose in Logic , notate in Sibelius, mix/master in Logic , bring in video from Final Cut Pro
25 years later: Orchestral score originally composed in CLab Notator in 1990 , brought into Logic Pro X last year.
First synth plugins 1999 Cubase
Huge development since then.
iMovie (see Figgis above)
Petrucci music library: “Sharing the world’s public domain music”
Currently 60,000 works
Choral Wiki: The choral public domain library
Wikipedia: articles about all aspects of music
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall