Lecture and Concert by Computer Music Pioneer John Chowning


In 1967, John Chowning discovered FM synthesis: a simple yet powerful way of producing rich synthesized sounds. Today, the applications of FM synthesis are omnipresent — in everything from contemporary electronic music to cell phone ringtones.

Sound Synthesis and Perception: Composing from the Inside Out
Hosted by Tod Machover
Accompanied by Maureen Chowning
Thursday, Oct. 11
5:00-6:30 p.m. | Lecture
7:30 p.m. | Concert
Media Lab, 6th Floor Event Space (E14-674)
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Free and open to the public
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With soprano Maureen Chowning, Chowning will perform the new work Voices (2011) for solo soprano and interactive computer using MaxMSP. Chowning will also present three iconic early pieces, Turenas (1972), Stria (1977) and Phoné (1981), that each make use of sound spatialization, algorithmic composition, and FM synthesis algorithms in unique ways.

John Chowning is Professor Emeritus at Stanford and founding director of the university's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). Learn more about John Chowning.

Presented by the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST).


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