“… the advent of fast, inexpensive, digital chips made real-time possible, and equally important, made it affordable.”
Electronic & computer musicians, raise your glasses in tribute to a trail-blazer who passed away at the age of 84 yesterday. Max Mathews wasn’t the first to play computer-generated music, but he wrote plenty of programs and built a lot of interfaces and devices like the Radio Baton, a forerunner of the Wii and the Arduino, to get us to this point.
He programmed the accompaniment to the song “Daisy Bell” for the first computer-synthesized human vocal- and inspired Stanley Kubrick to have the HAL 9000 sing the same song during its (his?) shutdown.
Have a great weekend, everyone!