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Music Theory for Computer Musicians
Michael Hewitt

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Acknowledgments
Thanks are due to Mark Garvey for his foresight in seeing the necessity for such a book; Fran Vincent for her intelligent suggestions for the book’s further progress; Cathleen Small for her patient, meticulous, and detailed editing;and last but not least, my son, Ashley—a computer musician whose need inspired the writing of this book.

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About the Author
Dr. Mike Hewitt was born in South Wales in the United Kingdom. He earned his bachelor of music degree at London University and a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of North Wales, Bangor, where he specialized in musical composition. He is a classicallytrained musician, composer, lecturer, and author on musical subjects. Working to commission, he writes classical scores as well as soundtracks for various television productions both at home and abroad. He is currently working as a music technology tutor at Coleg Harlech in North Wales, whose full-time residential adult education courses are run against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains ofSnowdonia.

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Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv

Chapter 1 Musical Sound
Music versus Noise . . . . . Pitch (Frequency) . . . . . . . Learning Note Names . . . Intensity (Amplitude) . . . . Tone Quality (Waveform) Synthesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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