MATRIXSYNTH: Celebration of Max Mathews and 50 Years of Computer Music

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Celebration of Max Mathews and 50 Years of Computer Music

Image via wikipedia. Anyone catch the following? I found out a little late.

Update: check the comments for one more date on April 30 in San Francisco.

"Date: Wed, Apr 18 2007 1:46pm
From: "Computer History Museum"

CCRMA and CHM Present

A Celebration of Max Mathews and 50 Years of Computer Music

Fifty years ago, in 1957, at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Max Mathews demonstrated that the digital computer can be used as a fantastic new musical 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 ossible, 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.

SUNDAY, April 29, 2007
4 p.m. Pre-concert talk
Jon Appleton, John Chowning, Evelyne Gayou, Max Mathews, Jean-Claude Risset
5 p.m. ├ČInfluences: A Tribute Concert├«
Jon Appleton, Gerald Bennett, Chris Chafe, Evelyne Gayou, Max Mathews,
Dexter Morrill, Jean-Claude Risset
6:00 p.m. Reception

Computer History Museum
Hahn Auditorium
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

To register or for more information on the event, please visit the Museum's
Website at or Call (650) 810-1005."

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  1. i have named my soon to be born ( June 10 approx) Max named after Max first son is OSCar :-)

  2. There is also an event for Berklee alumni the following evening in San Francisco:

    Monday, April 30, 2007

    Max Mathews Remixed
    6:30 PM-9:00 PM
    Recombinant Media Labs
    763 Brannan St.
    San Francisco, CA

    Monday, April 30, 2007
    6:30 - 7:30 PM Alumni Reception
    7:30 - 9:00 PM Performance/Interview

    Join the Berklee community as we celebrate the 80th Birthday of The Father of Computer Music - Dr. Max Mathews. The event will take place at Recombinant Media Labs and will feature: Dr. Richard Boulanger and Dr. Max Mathews reminiscing, demonstrating, performing, and jamming on Wireless Radio Batons, the $100 OLPC Laptop, and Wiimotes control Csound via OSC. The event will also showcase Berklee Alumni remixes of Max Mathews 1957 Computer Music Classics!

    Refreshments will be served.

    For more information, contact Brian Grzelak.

    To register for this event, click here

    Berklee Events

  3. I attended the event today at the Computer History museum and will hopefully have an article up soon.

  4. I attended the event as well. Aside from the spry and always entertaining Max Mathews, there were many highlights:
    Getting to see my old mentor Jon Appleton (who seems to get younger every year!) and getting to meet more synth legends like Tom Oberheim, John Chowning, and Roger Linn; chatting with Robert Rich (turns out we have a friend in common).

    Some interesting pieces. And free food and drink. I'll have photos shortly.


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