The Future of Music: Making Beats With Code

A new book by Northwestern University professor Mike Horn offers a powerful way to create music that can be linked with digital production tools of the future.

Introduction to Digital Music with Python Programming: Learning Music With Code is a beginner’s guide to the increasingly intertwined world of music and code. The book uses two platforms, including Horn’s TunePad, which let users create short musical loops that can be layered together using a simple digital audio workstation interface.

Horn, director of the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab, coauthored the book with Melanie West, a learning sciences doctoral student at the School of Education and Social Policy; and Cameron Roberts, a software developer and saxophonist in Chicago and a member of the TIDAL lab.

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