Engineering of Music for the Digital Age

Engineering of Music for the Digital Age
Creativity in Musical Composition

River Publishers Series in Document Engineering

Engineering of Music for the Digital Age
Creativity in Musical Composition Forthcoming

Jeffrey Ewing, Fort Collins, CO, USA
Steven Simske, Fort Collins, CO, USA

ISBN: 9788770041072 e-ISBN: 9788770041065

Available: September 2024

Musical scores – like literature, poetry, and technical manuals – are documents. The central tenet of this book is that musical composition in the digital age is a form of document engineering. In essence, music shares with other forms of creative content generation – from poetry to prose, and from science to science fiction – the need for structure, flow, and sources for creativity.

Musical composition is considered in this book as the creative process of engineering musical documents with regards to its arrangement, form, texture, and instrumentation, etc. This “document” then instructs a performance or the creation of an alternative document, such as a recording. In this book, the arrangement of phrases, patterns, and structures seen in music will be illustrated to give new composers a starting point to begin planning and making decisions about their own compositions.

The book will also guide those who need assistance in completing a piece. While this is a book about musical composition, it is not meant to be a manual on music theory. Instead, the book keeps its focus on the structural elements of a composition. Its aim is to give the audience a structural road map for composing; whether they are starting a piece from the first note, having a melody in mind already, or need help overcoming a creative hurdle. The book examines compositions that clearly define a form or technique. Among the key compositional elements are:

  • Form, Phrase, Period, and Expression in Composition
  • Rhythm/Motive
  • Melody and Harmony
  • Tonal Center
  • Mode Mixture and Modulation
  • Accompaniment/Instrumentation/Orchestration
  • Composition Techniques and Notation

Targeted examples cover all stages of writing a piece, helping to build the reader’s composition from the first note into a complete work without promoting a style or harmonic practice. Each chapter contains a sidebar addressing helping the composer to add creative sources for the music making process. Finally, the book concludes with a chapter on creativity in terms of how composed music can affect our lives and even our fairy tales.

Composition; Form, Phrase, Period, Expression, Rhythm, Motive, Melody, Harmony, Tonal Center, Mode Mixture, Modulation, Accompaniment, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Notation, Document Creation