Memories, Futures, and Dreams of Computer Music

Max Mathews

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

** EMPAC is sorry to announce that the October 11 lecture and performance by musician and innovator Max Mathews, has been postponed. Notification will be sent when we reschedule. Updates and information also will be available here so check back!

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From Bell Labs to radio batons to brain scanners, join us for this lecture in which Max Mathews will take us through the very recent history of computer music and beyond.

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. His audacious ideas and developments made five decades of art and research possible, laying the groundwork for countless electronic musicians to compose, synthesize, record, and play music, and for the many other commercial and industrial applications of digital audio. Max Mathews will talk, play recordings, and perform using the Radio Baton: A unique opportunity to hear the driving force that changed the production and performance of music in the most radical ways.

Micah Silver
Memories, Futures, and Dreams of Computer Music
October 11, 2007

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