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    Max Mathews
    I've been meaning to write this for awhile, a few months late but better later than never I suppose...

    As many you may know Max Mathews passed away in on April 21. A sad day for the Electronic music community, heres some info regarding his life and achievements.

    Who:
    Max Vernon Mathews

    What:
    "The Father of Computer Music"

    When:
    November 13, 1926 - April 21, 2011

    Max Mathews found that he could make music with the same technology he was using to research telephone speech coders at AT&T's Bell Laboratory, and in 1957 he synthesized the first piece of music on a IBM 704. It was 17 secs long and created with Music1, the first computer music program he had written. That was followed by Music 2-5 and then on to many others. Max also worked with John Chowning and developed programs that were used in the Yamaha DX-7, one first Synthesizers while at Stanford. The Max portion of MaxMSP is named after him as well.

    Max studied EE at Caltech and recieved his Sc.D from MIT. He worked at Bell Labs until1985 and from 1974 - 1980 he was the Scientific Advisor at the Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris. Since 1987 he has been a Professor of Music research at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music "CCRMA".

    I had the pleasure to watch Max Mathews perform a few of his a few of his pieces at UCSB's CREATE Concert in Febuary of 2009 along side Curtis Roads, John Chowning, Jean-Claude Risset, Clarence Barlow, and JoAnn Kuchera-Morin. It was quiet an event to say the least!

    Afterward, I was lucky enough to attend a dinner at a little sushi bar in Santa Barbara were a number of the electronic and computer music's Who's Who, sat, ate and chatted. I was stunned as I sat at the far end of the table with many others I found myself texting my father to tell him where I currently was and who I was there with, i could barely stay still listening to all the stories. I only was witness to a few short hours that night but I found him to be a humble and quiet man, articulate when he spoke and full of wit and smiles.

    Max Mathews was truly was an amazing innovator and I hope I can speak for all when I say it was a pleasure to have him here on planet Earth for as long as we did. Thanks to him things have never been the same!

    Here's to you MAX!

    The following is some Info I've been collecting on Master Mathews, papers, videos, music and various other nit bits if your interested:

    Links:
    Wiki
    Electronic Music Timeline

    Interviews:
    Interview in the Computer Music Journal
    Namm
    Wired
    Max Mathews interview from CMJ 33
    Max Mathews & John Chowning with Curtis Roads - Music Meets the Computer

    Videos
    Computer Music (Synthesizers, Synclavier) 1986 Pt. 1/3
    MaxFest2007
    Max Mathews Radio Baton Demonstration
    MAX MATHEWS- QWARTZ D'HONNEUR

    Papers:
    The life and Times
    Computer Music Journal
    The Technology of Computer Music
    The Digital Computer as a Musical Instrument
    GROOVE-a program to compose, store, and edit functions of time
    Three dimensional baton and gesture sensor
    Pitch Synchronous Analysis of Voiced Sounds

    Music:
    Phosphones
    Daisy Bell

    Other influential persons affiliated with Max:
    Curtis Roads:
    Website
    Wiki
    John Chowning:
    Wiki
    Miller Puckett:
    Website
    Wiki

    Software affiliated with Max:
    Music:
    Wiki
    Music1-V & GROOVE
    MaxMSP:
    MAX @ Cycling74
    Wiki
    PureData(Miller Puckett):
    PD
    Wiki
    cSounds:
    Website
    Wiki

    Tributes:
    cSound
    NYtimes
    NYtimesBlog
    Synthtopia
    Inspired Piece by Stetta


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