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Harry-Ed Roland

About Us

A Composers' Viewpoint
CDP members are deeply involved in the current huge shifts in music-making. As an organisation we place the emphasis on sound transformation in creative musical contexts.

Our aim is to provide new computer tools for sound design, in which the emphasis is on a detailed and flexible access to the inner features of sounds. Our goal is to help composers work with sounds. To this end, numerous programs are semi-algorithmic in nature, such as the segmentation routines and the Texture Set, which shape whole multi-event passages of music – 'semi-algorithmic' in this context means ways to adjust both individual parameters and multiple events over time.)

In other words, CDP is not just focused on 'DSP' functions (digital signal processing), nor on sequencing or audio editing, and not at all with sound synthesis: other software handles these things nicely. CDP focuses on transforming existing sounds (musique concrète) and how they might be shaped over time to create anything from a single complex sound or gesture, to an extended soundscape or composition.

In doing this, we mainly adopt the composer's viewpoint and seek to create a mutually supportive environment in which practising composers can help each other, both in designing software tools and in using them effectively. We believe in and depend on the crucial importance of the composer's ability to hear music not only before it is written, but even before the means to produce it are available.

Our Long-Term Vision
In the very long term, we envision sound wholly integrated into the whole fabric of music, processing speeds and interface devices that enable both real-time processing and a new generation of performing instruments, the continued use of off-line alongside real-time operations, and the design flexibility of algorithmic & semi-algorithmic scripting. We encourage 3rd-party development of software tools that take these ideas further, either evolving the CDP software into new dimensions, or complementing it with like-minded composer tools.

History of CDP
This brief history recounts the main events in the evolution of the Composers Desktop Project software over the past 27 years.

Publications
Publications by CDP members.

Last updated: 04 April 2015