[spectre] New podcast: Interview with John Chowning ,
the inventor of FM
synthesis: the technique that revolutionized the world of synthesizers and
the sound of electronic music in the eighties.
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Thu Aug 27 10:22:44 CEST 2015
*New podcast:Interview with John Chowning , the inventor ofFM synthesis:
the technique that revolutionized the world of synthesizers andthe sound of
electronic music in the eighties. *
As a man of many, interconnected facets, John Chowning has played a leading
role in several chapters of the history of electronic music. As a composer,
his is one of the few essential names in any overview of computer music
made in the United States in the early seventies. In 1964, with the help of
Max Mathews (from the legendary Bell Labs, where computer music was
virtually born) and David Poole from Stanford University, Chowning began
using Stanford’s Artificial Intelligence laboratory for his experiments.
Years later, in 1975, he founded the Center for Computer Research in Music
and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford, which remains one of the key centres in
music technology research anywhere in the world. Lastly, in his role as
developer, Chowning is the inventor of FM synthesis: the technique that
revolutionized the world of synthesizers and the sound of electronic music
in the eighties.
In this podcast, John Chowning charts a historical overview of the
different branches of his artistic career, focusing on his interest in the
human voice, the creation of new sonorities, and being a pioneer in a
discipline at a time when using computers to generate music was a leap into
the void between creative eccentricity and scientific adventure.
*02:09* Early interest in sound
*13:15* A universe of tones
*15:43* The synthesis technique that shook the world
*20:28* From artificial intelligence to computer music
*22:40* Human voices, computer voices
*29:59* Bringing FM to the masses: the Yamaha adventure
If you liked this podcast, you may also enjoy this podcast with *Arthur
Sauer about immersive sound, spatial electronic music, and other
applications of Wave Field Synthesis.*
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