DATE & TIME
Sunday, April 29, 2007
4 PM Pre-concert talk
Jon Appleton, John Chowning, Evelyne Gayou, Max Mathews, Jean-Claude Risset
5 PM Influences: A tribute concert
Jon Appleton, Gerald Bennett, Chris Chafe, Evelyne Gayou, Max Mathews, Dexter Morrill, Jean-Claude Risset
6:30 PM Reception
1401 N Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043
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ABSTRACT OF TALK
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.
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