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Compositional Limitations of Electronic Music Synthesizers

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The most important musical result of the revolution in electronic methods of sound generation has been a reevaluation of many of the fundamental ways of thinking about music. The composer is faced not only with being his own performer; he must also quantify all of the elements of his music with a precision not required of composing for conventional instruments. The greatest technical limitation of the medium is not in the equipment but in the compositional procedures which the composer must master to produce his music.

JAES Volume 19 Issue 6 pp. 484-488; June 1971
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