[linux-audio-dev] Comments on Boulanger's Csound book?

Dave Phillips dlphilp at bright.net
Mon Sep 30 10:34:00 UTC 2002

Frank Neumann wrote:

> just a short question to those who already have Richard Boulanger's "The
> Csound Book". I was going to order one soon, what is your
> impression/opinion on it? I understand that a certain degree of
> knowledge about synthesis/computer music is required in order it to make
> sense to the reader (I hope I have that), but if that is fulfilled, can
> you recommend this book? Or what are its weak spots in your opinion?
> Thanks,
> Frank (expecting at least one answer from bright.net ;-)

Hi Frank:

  Here's that expected reply... :)

  IMO the book is terrific. My own contribution is pretty negligible,
but the book as a whole is a pretty amazing work. It is a detailed and
at times very technical overview of Csound's internal structure,
programming paradigm, user-level design, and so forth. It's useful on
many levels, but I would hesitate to recommend it to an absolute
beginner in computer music. Bianchini & Cipriani's "Virtual Sound" is in
some ways a better first tutorial: it's a more tightly focused book, but
it lacks the comprehensive aspect of Rick's book. Both are recommended
to serious students.

Best regards,

== Dave Phillips

	The Book Of Linux Music & Sound at http://www.nostarch.com/lms.htm
	The Linux Soundapps Site at http://linux-sound.org

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