Re: [linux-audio-user] Recommendations

From: Brad Fuller <brad@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Thu Apr 20 2006 - 22:08:16 EEST

Ian Remmler wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to get into composition and synthesis, but I am
> completely new to this stuff. has lots of
> pointers, but since I don't have much background it's hard to
> tell what is worth looking into. A page with example sounds or
> music from the various packages would be helpful I think.
> I am not interested in performance so real-time synthesis and
> instrument input are not necessary. What I would like to be
> able to do is create "instruments" from samples and/or various
> synthesis methods (or combinations thereof). I would like the
> ability to experiment with creating my own synthesizers as well,
> preferably using some kind of programming language.
> Then, I'd like to be able to compose music is some kind of
> sequencer. A "programming language" might even be fine if the
> syntax is nice. Real-time playback or non-real-time "rendering"
> of the music would both be fine. Basically I want to dabble
> with the synthesis/production/composition side of things, rather
> than performing or playing instruments.
> Any recommendations on what I should look at would be greatly
> appreciated.
have a look at pd, csound and cmusic for designing instruments and
creating algorithms for the creation of music.
All have a somewhat steep learning curve and are very different from
each other. The pd mailing list is very active.:
and there is a wiki with more resource links:



I wouldn't jump into any of these until you review the literature and
take a look at the tools and syntax -- just to see if it's something
that you want to explore further. Once you get into one, there's no
turning back! WWWOOOOHAAAAAAAA (<- that's my Al Pacino impersonation)


Brad Fuller
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