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Most of the extended instrumental playing techniques, as well as electroacoustic music in general, are still deprived of conventional methods of notation. In order to facilitate the utilisation of these musical elements, this treatise develops a coherent and consistent notation system. The work contains chapters on string instruments, wind instruments, percussion instruments, plucked instruments, keyboard instruments and vocal techniques as well as sound synthesis, audio processing and sound recording. All relevant techniques are explained in detail, previous methods of their notation presented and discussed as well as a simple and exact method of notation that may be combined with traditional notation suggested for every technique. The treatise can be used as a handbook and guide on extended and electroacoustic instrumentation by composition students and lecturers, musicologists, composers, performers, music arrangers, sound engineers and editors. Composers interested in augmented means of sound production are encouraged to employ the suggested system, elaborate it or use it as a source of inspiration.
Christian Dimpker is a composer, lecturer and music theorist. He studied History, Philosophy and Sound Studies at the Humboldt University and the University of Arts Berlin as well as composed a doctoral thesis in Musicology at the University of Plymouth's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research.