The Department of Music at UCSD is dedicated to the development of musical intelligence and capacity and centers its quest on the music of our own time. This area is reserved for  some of the books published by the UCSD Department of Music affiliates.

image 1. Moore, F. Richard, Elements of Computer Music, 9780132525527 (Paperback), Prentice Hall PTR, 02/1990 Available at:

image 2. Manoury, Philippe, La Note Et Le Son (Collection Musique Et Musicologie ), 9782738469854 (Hardcover), L'Itineraire, 01/1998

image 3. Reynolds, Roger, Form and Method: Composing Music: The Rothschild Essays, 9789057551369 (Hardcover), Routledge, 03/2002 Available at:

"Any composer open to understanding the practice of another composer will want to see this frank, clear, and detailed exposition by Roger Reynolds of the ways in which he has worked over the past twenty years or so. Composition students (young and old) will find this especially useful." -John Rahn "Perspective of New Music, Winter 2002

image 4. János Négyesy and Garrett , A Festschrift for Will Ogdon, 018011043 (Paperback), UCSD Press, La Jolla, California, 00/2003 Available at: UCSD Bookstore

A Festschrift for Will Ogdon is a tribute to the founding Chair of the Music Department at UCSD. Joining the University in 1966, Ogdon retired in 1991 and has since concentrated on composing. The book contains contributions of writing, music, and art from more than thirty friends, colleagues, and former students along with several pages of photographs.

image 5. János Négyesy and Garrett , The Collected Writings of Will Ogdon, 0100718965 (Paperback), UCSD Press, La Jolla, California, 00/2003 Available at: UCSD Bookstore

The Collected Writings of Will Ogdon contains all of the composer's published and unpublished writings. János Négyesy writes, "These two books are a bow to Will Ogdon...a great man and a wonderful composer. I am delighted to be able to present these books to the world."

image 6. Guy, Nancy, Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan, 9780252029738 (Hardcover), University of Illinois Press, 06/2005

"Peking Opera and Politics in Taiwan tells the peculiar story of an art caught in a sea of overtly ideological ebbs and flows. Nancy Guy demonstrates the potential significance of the political environment for an art form's development, ranging from determining the smallest performative details (such as how a melody can or cannot be composed to whether a tradition ultimately thrives or withers away. When Chiang Kai-Shek's Nationalists retreated to Taiwan in 1949, they brought Peking opera performers with them to strengthen their authority through a symbolically important art. Valuing mainland Chinese culture above Taiwanese culture, the Nationalists generously supported Peking opera to the virtual exclusion of local performing traditions, despite their wider popularity. Later, as Taiwan turned toward democracy, the island's own "indigenous" products became more highly valued and Peking opera found itself on a tenuous footing. Finally, in 1995, all of its opera troupes and schools (formerly supported by the ministry of Defense) were dismantled. Nancy Guy investigates the mechanisms through which Peking Opera was perpetuated, controlled, and ultimately disempowered, and explores the artistic and political consequences of the state's involvement as its primary patron. Her study provides a unique perspective on the interplay between ideology and power within Taiwan's dynamic society.

image 7. Reynolds Roger, Mind Models: New Forms of Musical Experience, 9780415974288 (Hardcover), Routledge, 06/2005 Available at:

"Mind Models "supplies a roadmap for navigating the complex network of aesthetic concerns faced by contemporary composers and their audiences. When it was first published in 1975, Mind Models captured perfectly the essential pluralism of the contemporary music world, with its tremendous diversity of musical styles and compositional methods Reynolds has now revisited this text and renewed it based on developments over the past 25 years, changes that have-if anything-underscored that the issues he first addressed in this book remain of vital concern to virtually every serious composer. This new edition of "Mind Models "reintroduces and renews a classic work on 20th century composition, one that has remained relevant for over a quarter century-and should remain a central reading for decades to come.

image 8. Reynolds Roger, Mind Models: New Forms of Musical Experience, 9780415974295 (Paperback), Routledge, 06/2005 Available at:

image 9. Borgo, David, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age with CD (Audio), 9780826417299 (Hardcover), Continuum International Publishing Group, 11/2005 Available at:

A fascinating study of musical improvisation, using theories from cultural and cognitive studies and the emerging sciences.

image 10. Schick, Steven, The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams with CD (Audio), 9781580462143 (Hardcover), University of Rochester Press, 05/2006 Available at:

image 11. Borgo, David, Sync or Swarm: Improvising Music in a Complex Age, 9780826419279 (Paperback), Continuum International Publishing Group, 12/2006 Available at:

image 12. Puckette, Miller S., The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music, 9789812700773 (Hardcover), World Scientific Publishing Company, 08/2007 Available at:

image 13. Pasler, Jann, Writing Through Music: A Collection of Essays on Music and Culture, 9780195324891 (Hardcover), Oxford University Press, USA, 10/2007 Available at:

Drawing on a passion for music, a remarkably diverse interdisciplinary toolbox, and a gift for accessible language that speaks equally to scholars and the general public, Jann Pasler invites us to read as she writes "through" music, unveiling the forces that affect our sonic encounters. In an extraordinary collection of historical and critical essays, some appearing for the first time in English, Pasler deconstructs the social, moral, and political preoccupations lurking behind aesthetic taste. Arguing that learning from musical experience is vital to our understanding of past, present, and future, Pasler's work trenchantly reasserts the role of music as a crucial contributor to important public debates about who we can be as individuals, communities, and nations. The author's wide-ranging and perceptive approaches to musical biography and history challenge us to rethink our assumptions about important cultural and philosophical issues including national identity and postmodern musical hybridity, material culture, the economics of power, and the relationship between classical and popular music. Her work uncovers the self-fashioning of modernists such as Vincent d'Indy, Augusta Holmes, Jean Cocteau, and John Cage, and addresses categories such as race, gender, and class in the early 20th century in ways that resonate with experiences today. She also explores how music uses time and constructs narrative. Pasler's innovative and influential methodological approaches, such as her notion of "question-spaces," open up the complex cultural and political networks in which music participates. This provides us with the reasons and tools to engage with music in fresh andexciting ways. In these thoughtful essays, music--whether beautiful or cacophonous, reassuring or seemingly incomprehensible--comes alive as a bearer of ideas and practices that offers deep insights into how we negotiate the world. Here, Jann Pasler's Writing through Music brilliantly demonstrates how music can be a critical lens to focus the contemporary critical, cultural, historical, and social issues of our time.