free / inexpensive

commercial programs

  • ProTools
  • Ableton Live
  • Cubase
  • Logic Pro

audio programming environments

  • pure data (PD)
  • max/msp jitter
  • NI Reactor
  • Supercollider
  • RTcmix
  • ChucK

Audio Tools / Misc.

  • Rogue Amoeba
  • Tom Erbe


  • Holmes, Thom. Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture. Fourth Edition. Routledge Press. (recommended)
  • Demers, Joanna. Listening Through the Noise: The Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Print.
  • Rodgers, Tara. Pink Noises: Women on Electronic Music and Sound. Durham: Duke UP, 2010. Print.
  • Introduction to Computer Music, Hass, Jeffrey. Online:
  • Cox, Christoph, and Daniel Warner. Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music. New York: Continuum, 2004. Print.