Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Music & Performing Arts


This paper presents a range of information about technology in music and examines how computer-based musicians are implementing this technology. The first part considers how the compositional framework of author, audience, and purpose applies to these musicians. The second part examines the crucial hardware and software tools that combine in these systems to work as a singular rig and instrument. The paper also covers some musical aspects of computer-based music projects, including mixing. The final element discusses advancements of virtual tools, and how they are surpassing the capabilities of hardware gear. Much of the research presented comes first hand from successful musicians who use computers as central components of their workflows, and is based, in part, on an internet survey conducted by the author.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Music and Performing Arts Department