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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Music versus Noise

First, we need to distinguish between noises and musical sounds. Realistically, you can use any sound whatsoever in a track, such as the sound of waves crashing on the shore, excerpts of speeches, samples of animal noises, the noises made by machines, and so on. Samplers, of course, are ideal for importing, manipulating, and sequencing such sounds into compositions.

Percussive noises are also important in electronic music. Whether these result from shaking, scratching, scraping, or banging, they are interpreted by the ear as being musical, provided that they are used within an intelligible rhythmic framework.

However, noises are only a part of the picture. If music used nothing but noises, its appeal to an audience would be ...

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