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Making Music with Computers by Andrew R. Brown, Bill Manaris

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Chapter 8

Interactive Musical Instruments

Topics: Computer musical instruments, graphical user interfaces, graphics objects and widgets, event-driven programming, callback functions, Play class, continuous pitch, audio samples, MIDI sequences, paper prototyping, iterative refinement, keyboard events, mouse events, virtual piano, parallel lists, scheduling future events.

8.1 Overview

This chapter explores graphical user interfaces and the development of interactive musical instruments. While it takes years to master playing a guitar or violin, it is much easier for beginners to play a computer-based musical instrument, especially if they already have experience with computer games and other graphical applications. The goal here is not to replace ...

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