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    • CommentAuthorEvJ
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd 2011 edited
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    Max Mathews, who was in essence the originator of computer music, has died at are 84. He wasn't well known outside CM circles, but it isn't an exaggeration to say that he was the single most important figure in computer music. He did his first significant work in the late fifties, creating the MUSIC language, whose descendants are still the basis for most computer music today. He continued to work right up until this year, telling Wired recently that he felt there was still some way to go before computer instruments were at the level of their acoustic counterparts. His most famous piece was the rendition of Daisy Bell used in 2001 A Space Odyssey, and the programming language Max/MSP is half named for him. MUSIC family languages are still around in the form of C-Sound and Common Lisp Music. Computer music is a small world, and there will be many people who will miss him very dearly.
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    That's very sad, this man indeed was an unsung genius.