Computer History from Oz

Subject: Computer History from Oz
Date: Thu Oct 21 1999 - 07:15:59 EDT

Sorry for doubles.


>From: IN%"pauld@KONCON.NL" 21-OCT-1999 04:13:05.09
>To: IN%"" "Australian Computer Music list"
>Subj: CSIRAC Music

>Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 18:09:29 +1000
>From: Paul Doornbusch <pauld@KONCON.NL>

>Hi there,
>As some of you know, I have been busy with the Computer Science
>department at Melbourne Uni reconstructing the music played by
>the old CSIRAC computer. [Aside: CSIRAC was built in 1949 - 50
>and was the world's third electronic computer with memory.]
>This project is coming along nicely, the results (CD/CD ROM)
>should appear early next year.

>Next Thursday, October 28 at 8pm, the ABC television show
>Quantum has a special show on the old computer. I don't know
>if my part in it ended up on the cutting room floor (I have
>not seen it), but at least the first music of CSIRAC should
>be played somewhere. It's important to remember that these
>guys were engineers and scientists, not composers and it
>was 6 years before Max Matthews developed DA and AD converters
>at AT&T. The first thing played by CSIRAC was Colonel Bogey. . .
>It may well have been the first thing played by a computer.


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