Max Mathews: The First Computer Musician - New York Times Opinionator

The First Computer Musician

June 8, 2011, R. Luke Dubois, New York Times Opinionator


If the difference between 1911 and 2011 is electricity and computation, then Max Mathews is one of the five most important musicians of the 20th Century. – Miller Puckette

In 1957 a 30-year-old engineer named Max Mathews got an I.B.M. 704 mainframe computer at the Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N. J., to generate 17 seconds of music, then recorded the result for posterity. Read More


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