Experiencing Music Technology

Projected Table of Contents of the all new, completely revised and updated 4th Edition of Experiencing Music Technology from Oxford University Press in print and e-book form.  Availability, late 2021


Viewport I: Musicians and Their Use of Technology


  • Music Technology in Practice
    • Students at USC Thornton School of Music in Recording Session
    • Brittany May and Rob Dunn: Professors of Music Education, Brigham Young University
  • Project Suggestions for Viewport I

Module 1: People and Music: Technology’s Importance in Changing Times

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Musicians and Technology
  • The Importance of Human Creation
  • Changing Patterns of Music Curricular in Higher Education
  • Technology Adoption and Change
  • Webport I Resources

Module 2: People Making Technology: The Dance of Music and Technology 

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Ballet of Music and Technology
  • Five Periods of Music and Technology
  • Back to the Future: Key Technologies of the Present
  • Webport I Resources

Module 3: People Competencies for Music Technology 

  • Why Study This Module?
  • People, Procedures, Data, Software, and Hardware
  • Core Competencies and Solving Problems
  • Webport I Resources

Module 4: Getting Help 

  • Why Study this Module?
  • Online Support
  • People with Technical Knowledge and Skills
  • Printed Materials
  • Professional Associations
  • Professional Conferences
  • Webport I Resources

Module 5: Finding Your Experience Level

  • Why Study this Module?
  • Growing Levels of Experience 
  • Considerations for Platform and Operating Systems 
  • Choosing Hardware
  • Choosing Software 
  • Webport I Resources

Project Details for Viewport I

Viewport II: Platforms, Operating Systems, and Internet Concepts for Musicians


  • Music Technology in Practice 
    • Frank Ticheli: Composer Working with Score
  • Project Suggestions for Viewport II

Module 6: Operating Systems, Digital Work Habits, and Internet Use

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Devices and Their Operating Systems
  • Digital Work Habits
  • Complexities of Copyright
  • Internet-Based Software for Personal and Professional Development
  • Webport II Resources

Module 7: Concepts of Computers, Networking, and the Internet

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Analog to Digital: Computers and the Analog World
  • Network Protocols: Communicating Among Computer Devices
  • The World Wide Web: URL, HTTP, HTML, and More
  • File Formats: Sharing Files
  • Safe Computing: Backup and the Cloud
  • Webport II Resources

Module 8: EMT Workstation Designs: Internals and Connectivity

  • Why Study This Module?
  • The Five Components of a Computer System
  • The Internal Process of Computer Devices
  • Chromebook and Mobile Internals
  • Wired Connectivity 
  • Wired Internet: Ethernet, Fiber, and More
  • Wireless Connectivity 
  • Takeaways
  • Webport II Resources

Module 9: EMT Workstation Designs: Internals and Connectivity

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Input Devices
  • Output Devices
  • Internet Hardware
  • EMT-1 Applications Wrap Up
  • Webport II Resources

Project Details for Viewport II

Viewport III: Analog and Digital Audio Basics


  • Big Picture: Digital Music Production and Live Performance
  • Music Technology in Practice
    • Musicians and Music Production—Henry Panion and Ian Keel
  • Suggested Projects for Viewport III

Module 10: Concepts of Acoustics, Audiology, and Digital Audio

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Acoustical and Perceptual Dimensions of Sound
  • Audiology and the Human Ear
  • Digital Audio: Analog to Digital and Back
  • Formats and Compression for Storing Digital Audio Files
  • Music Synthesis Techniques
  • Webport III Resources

Module 11: Building a Basic Analog and Digital Music Studio 

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Introducing EMT-2 and EMT-3 Music Studio Models
  • Analog Audio Studio with EMT-2 
  • Digital Audio Studio with EMT-3
  • Storage and Sharing Digital Audio Work
  • Webport III Resources

Module 12: Wave Editing and Basic-Level DAW Software

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Preliminaries
  • Exemplar Software: Wave Editors
  • Introduction to Audio Effects Processing
  • Exemplar Software: Basic-Level DAWs
  • Webport III Resources

Module 13: Concepts of Modular Analog Synthesis and Synthesizers

  • Why Study This Module?
  • A Bit of Analog History
  • Analog Synthesizers Modules
  • Virtual Renaissance of Analog Synthesizers
  • Getting Started: A Sample of Physical and Virtual Analog Synths
  • Webport III Resources

Project Details for Viewport III

Viewport IV: Adding MIDI to the Mix


  • Music Technology in Practice
    • Music Technology Professor, Composer and Guitaring— V. J. Manzo
  • Suggested Projects for Viewport IV

Module 14: Concepts of MIDI

  • Why Study This Module?
  • How MIDI Works?
  • Understanding MIDI Performance Codes
  • General MIDI
  • Mapping MIDI Codes: Hardware Meets Software
  • MIDI Connectivity and Networking
  • Storing and Exchanging MIDI Files 
  • Managing MIDI and Audio Resources
  • MIDI and Audio Timing: SMPTE, MIDI Time Codes, ADAT, and Word Clock
  • Experiencing MIDI Software and Hardware
  • Webport IV Resources

Module 15:  MIDI Editing and Basic-Level DAW Software

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Preliminaries
  • Exemplar Software: Basic Level DAWs and MIDI 
  • Specialized Software for Mobile Platforms
  • Mixing and Mastering with Basic-Level DAWs
  • Webport IV Resources

Module 16: MIDI Hardware: Interfaces and a Cornucopia of Controllers

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Overview of MIDI Hardware
  • EMT-4 Music Studio with MIDI
  • EMT-5 Enhanced MIDI Music Studio
  • Controller Cornucopia: Drums, Guitars, Winds, and More
  • Mixer Control Surfaces: Hardware for the Software DAWs 
  • Creating New Modes of Expression
  • Subjective Factors for MIDI Controllers
  • Webport IV Resources

Project Details for Viewport IV

Viewport V: More Advanced Digital Audio Workstations


  • Music Technology in Practice
    • Film and TV Composer, Arranger and Producer—Steve Morrell 
  • Suggested Projects for Viewport IV

Module 17: Multichannel Audio Hardware and Concepts

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Superheroes: The DSP Algorithms, Chips, and Plug-ins
  • Audio Mixer Concepts and Design
  • The EMT Digital Audio Workstation Goes Multichannel
  • EMT-6A: Analog Mixers
  • EMT-6B: Digital Mixers
  • EMT-6C: Virtual or In-the-Box Mixers
  • Three Mixer + Hybrid Solutions Wrap Up
  • Mixers for Special Recording Needs
  • Portable Recorder/Players in the Digital Realm
  • Moving up to Surround Sound
  • Webport V Resources

Module 18 Software for More Advanced Work with Digital Audio Workstations

  • Why Study This Module?
  • The Advanced DAW Landscape
  • Exemplar Software
  • Concluding Perspective: Advanced DAWs and Hardware
  • Webport V Resources

Project Details for Viewport V

Viewport VI: Music Notation Production


  • Music Technology in Practice
    • Professors and Composers—Chia-ya Hsu and Jenni Brandon
  • Suggested Projects for Viewport VI

Module 19: Representing Music on the Printed or Digital Page

  • Why Study This Module?
  • How Is Symbolic Music Notation Represented in a Computer? 
  • Tour of Computer Music-Coding Systems
  • Universal Solution for CMN Coding: 
  • File Formats for Notation Applications
  • Music Notation Import and Export Formats
  • Music Fonts for Notation 
  • Is What You Play is What You Print (WYPWYP) Music Software Possible?
  • Webport VI Resources

Module 20: Entry Techniques for Scorewriters

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Entry of Music Symbols
  • Closing Thoughts on Entry Techniques for Music Notation
  • Webport VI Resources

Module 21: Software for Scorewriting, Scanning, and Digital Music Readers 

  • Why Study This Module
  • Scorewriting Software
  • Optical and Audio Music Scanning Software
  • Digital Music Reader Applications
  • Webport VI Resources

Module 22: Hardware for Music Printing, Scanning, and Mobile Music Reading

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Printers for Music Notation
  • Scanners and OMR
  • Accessories for Digital Music Reader Apps
  • Webport VI Resources

Project Details for Viewport VI

Viewport VII. Software for Music Teaching and Learning 


  • Music Technology in Practice
    • Music Clinician and Music Educator—Barbara Freedman
  • Suggested Projects for Viewport VII

Module 23: Software and Resources for Music Teaching and Learning

  • Changing Landscape of Music Pedagogy
  • Resources Dedicated to Music Teaching and Learning
  • Webport VII Resources

Module 24: Further Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning 

  • Why Study This Module?
  • Music-Related Website Resources 
  • General Technological Resources
  • Social Media and Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN)
  • Music Production Content in Service to Music Teaching and Learning
  • Webport VII Resources

Project Details for Viewport VII

Postlude: Experiencing Music Technology: Final Reflections


A. EMT Workstation Equipment Codes

B. Selected Readings

C. EMT Competency Checklist

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