Composing music with computers is gradually taking its place alongside more traditional ways, such as pencil and paper or improvisation. Computer music is now finding its way into many musical genres, including pop, rock, techno, disco, jazz, and music for film. It is no longer confined to the aesthetics that emerged in the 1960s from the experimental works of electronic music (i.e., music composed using electronically synthesised sounds) and musique concrète (i.e., music composed using recorded acoustic sound, or sampling music). Gone are the days where computer-aided composition could only be carried out in select institutions using equipment far too expensive for any individual to own. The soundcard, now a standard component in most ...

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