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Musik und Technik

Pd was initiated by American software engineer Miller Puckette, who
previous co-developed the well known and similarly structured
software Max/Msp. Pd is not commercial software; i.e., it was not
developed by a corporation and is not for sale. Instead, it is “open
source”: its source code is not the (patented) property of a corporation,
but is rather freely available to all. One drawback to this is that
a detailed operating manual for users who lack programming
experience has not existed until now. In contrast to a corporation—
which has a monetary interest in ensuring that first-time users can
easily operate new software—the open source movement lacks such a
driving force to make itself accessible. This book is an attempt to fill
that gap.

Loadbang is designed for self-study, principally for composers.
It begins with explanations of basic programming and acoustic
principles then gradually builds up to the most advanced
electronic music processing techniques. The book’s teaching approach
is focused primarily on hearing, which we consider a faster and
more enjoyable way to absorb new concepts than through abstract
formulas.

The patches described are available for download.

2nd revised edition
280 p., Pb., € 29.–, 978-3-95593-055-4

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