Artifact Details

Title

A Celebration of Max Mathews and 50 Years of Computer Music, lecture by Max Mathews

Catalog Number

102695098

Type

Moving image

Date

2007-04-29

Credits

Mathews, Max

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA, US

Format

Mini-DV

Description

From abstract: " Fifty years ago, in 1957, at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Max Mathews demonstrated that the digital computer can be used as a fantastic new music instrument. He created a revolutionary software platform destined to form the basis of all contemporary digital musical systems.

His audacious ideas were driven by the belief that any sound that the human ear can hear can be produced by a computer. Mathews' mastery of this new instrument revealed new musical horizons and sparked a burgeoning curiosity into the very nature of sound. His comprehension and elaboration made five decades of art and research possible, laying the groundwork for generations of electronic musicians to synthesize, record, and play music.

Today at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) as a Professor Emeritus he continues not only to educate students and colleagues, but also to guide and inspire with his constant inventiveness and pure musical pleasure.

Join us in honoring Max for an afternoon of sound, celebration and discovery of his ideas, works, music, and writings."

Category

Lecture

Lot Number

X4931.2009