This page contains writings, interviews and lectures on composition, aesthetics, and computer music technology.

Download Selected Writings

VisualAudio - An environment for designing, tuning and testing embedded audio applications - 2005 Conference of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), New York City, 2005.

Extensions of the Karplus-Strong Plucked String Algorithm - by D. Jaffe and J. O. Smith, in Computer Music Journal (Summer 1983-vol. 7, no. 2).

Musical and Extramusical Applications of the NeXT Music Kit, Proceedings of the 1991 International Computer Music Conference, Montreal.

Intelligent Musical Instruments: The Future of Musical Performance or the Demise of the Performer? , Interface Journal for New Music Research, December, 1993.

JSTOR articles

Impossible Animals: Notes on Birds and Musical Style - by D. Jaffe, Perspectives of New Music, 1995.

The Computer-Extended Ensemble - by D. Jaffe and W. A. Schloss, in Computer Music Journal, 1994.

Spectrum Analysis Tutorial, Part1: The Discrete Fourier Transform - by D. Jaffe in Computer Music Journal, 1987

Ten Criteria for Evaluating Synthesis Techniques - by D. Jaffe in Computer Music Journal, 1995.

Symposium on Computer Music Composition - Edited by Curtis Roads, Computer Music Journal, 1986.

SynthBuilder: A Graphical Rapid-Prototyping Tool for the Development of Music Synthesis and Effects Patches on Multiple Platforms - by N. Porcaro, D. Jaffe, et. al., Computer Music Journal, 1998.

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KPFA Radio Interview, 1990

Not a "writing" per se but a radio interview on the KPFA Morning Concert, 1990, conducted by Charles Amirkhanian.

The following is excerpted from the KPFA Folio:

Composer-performer David A. Jaffe has bridged the gap between acoustic folk music and the world of cerebral computer music with a multi-stylistic approach. A Professor at Stanford University, where much of his work is produced at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Jaffe also worked with NeXT Computers on creating new types of music software. His composition "Impossible Animals" contains human voice timbres in the shape of carefully analyzed bird songs. He is interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian about his career. Also heard in this program is a recording by a 19th century Jaffe, the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, featuring both the traditional fiddle version and the Grieg composition for piano in an a-b-a-b arrangement.

Works included as part of the interview:
  • Telegram to the President for string quartet and computer-generated plucked strings - Jefferson String Quartet
  • Impossible Animals for chorus and computer-synthesized voices - Hamiltion College Chorus
  • Bird Seasons for four voices - ALEA II ensemble
  • Ellis Island Sonata for solo mandolin, 2nd movement: "Ghosts from the Old Country" - David A. Jaffe, mandolin
  • Grass Valley Fire, 1988 for mandolin quartet - Modern Mandolin Quartet
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