Department of Computer Science

First is the idea that one can create virtual “instruments” by combining various signal processing elements that generate, filter, mix, and process streams of digital audio samples. In Music V, these elements are called “unit generators.” Nearly all software synthesizers use this concept. Third, Music V introduced the essential ingredient of time into computer music languages. When instruments are invoked, they are given a starting time and duration, which affect not only the instrument but also all of the unit generators activated inside the instrument.

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  • A musical “event” usually refers to a macro-scale behavior that has a beginning, duration, and end time.
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A solution used in many computer music languages is to keep track of logical time within each thread. When the thread “sleeps,” its logical time is advanced by a precise amount. The thread with the lowest logical time always runs next until another “sleep” is made to advance its logical time. In this scheme, threads do not preempt other threads because, logically, time does not advance until a thread sleeps. Musical time is typically measured in beats rather than seconds. Beats nominally occur at a steady tempo, that is, so many beats per second, but in actual music performance, tempo can vary or even pause, and beats can be displaced.

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Low Level Languages

Within these languages, specific solutions are often developed as sharable packages and libraries. Since the score language simply presented a static list of events, their times, and parameters, Music V was not a very general language in terms of computation. Faust is specialized to describe audio signal processing algorithms. For example, it would be difficult to use Faust to compose a melody.