Composers Desktop Project

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The Composers' Desktop Project(CDP) is an international cooperative network based in the United Kingdom that has been developing software for working with sound materials since 1986. Working on a cooperative basis and motivated by user-specific compositional needs, the project has focused on the development of precise, detailed and multifaceted DSP-based sound transformation tools. Currently, CDP provides sound transformation software (named after the project itself) for Windows and Mac OS X that has been evolving for over 20 years.

In 2014 the main components of the CDP were released as an open-source package licensed under the LGPL. Makefiles are now available for Windows, OSX, and Linux.

Originally, after a study to determine if it was possible and/or feasible to port CMusic from UNIX mainframe systems,[1] the project released the CDP software along with corresponding SoundSTreamer hardware for the Atari ST[2] and later ported the software to DOS. The software tool-set is designed specifically to transform sound samples mostly via offline processing (non-real time); the software is considered complementary to real-time processing and audio sequencers.


  1. ^ Orton, R. H.; Malham, D. G., Mainframe Computer Music on Microcomputers, AES E-Library Paper 2479, March 1987
  2. ^ CDP History

Further reading[edit]

  • A. Endrich (1996), Composers' Desktop Project: a musical imperative, Organised Sound, Volume 2, Issue 01, Apr 1997, pp 29–33.
  • R.W Dobson (1993), The Operation of the Phase Vocodera non-mathematical introduction to the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), a CDP publication, Somerset.
  • Wishart T. (1994), Audible Design: A Plain and Easy Introduction to Sound Composition. Orpheus the Pantomime Ltd. (ISBN 978-0951031315).