The computer is an excellent instrument for writing not just noise but rhythm, melody and harmony as well.
A computer has certain advantages over other instruments:
One other benefit of a computer is largely unsung: it widens the range of people who can write music. No longer do you have to be a singer or a musician to write music, anyone can do it. Furthermore, someone who is physically unable to sing or play can find an outlet for their creative talents by writing music on a computer with a suitable interface. Long may this trend continue.
A computer has limitations:
The following chapter looks at how to use a computer as a synthesiser, or synth, and sets the scene for writing noise and sound effects.
Computer synthesis is not the only way to generate noise, you can also record noise with a microphone or take the fast route and get hold of a prerecorded sample. There are thousands of noisy samples available on the internet: water gurgling, wind rustling, birds screeching, bees buzzing, humans shrieking and grunting, musical instruments being scraped and thwacked, percussion being pounded, traffic roaring, lorries rumbling, machinery humming, computers crashing: the list is endless.