Max Mathews, electronic music pioneer, RIP


10 Responses to “Max Mathews, electronic music pioneer, RIP”

  1. Art says:

    Mr. Matthews was great man with equally great accomplishments. Thank you for bringing him to our attention.

  2. TSE says:

    Just what do you think you are doing, Dave?

  3. tinyinkling says:

    I recall listening to about 30 hours of that song at the 1984 International Personal Robotics Convention courtesy of the Androbot display. I wonder if Nolan Bushnell was deliberately echoing this?

  4. Jack says:

    Name should lose one “t”: Max V. Mathews.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Here is a later (and clearer) recording of the demo with some narration (the last track: Synthesized computer speech demonstration) , at the end they have daisy with the digital piano accompaniment, and also a mention that the digital piano “player” plays with a stylized left hand.

  6. Roy Trumbull says:

    In the mid 1950s RCA issued an LP of The RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer. Demonstrated are the creation of each instrument used to form a composite recording of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies”. They also demonstrate an attempt to synthesize the human voice but it was very crude. I may still have a copy.

  7. jacobjoaquin says:

    I have a video of Max Mathews discussing H.A.L. and Daisy Bell. In the clip, Max says Kubrick visited Bell Labs to get a sense of “what a telephone booth in space would should look like.” While there, John Pierce introduced Kubrick to computer music.

  8. Anonymous says:

    not so much a comment – Cory’s pic is on the front page at Huffpost right now

  9. wgmleslie says:

    I pretty sure that in 1961 movies had gotten past the all the fake scratches and flecks that overwhelm this video.

  10. Alan says:

    I just found me a new ringtone!

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