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The Father of the Digital Synthesizer
Cracking article on John Chowning, who invented FM synthesis whilst at Stanford, and the long road to it becoming a commercial and creative prospect. Interesting on the relationship of IP to universities, but also fascinating on Chowning himself - a composer and musician, not a mathematician, who developed one of the hardest-to-understand forms of synthesis simply as a way to push the palette of timbres he could compose with. Brilliant.
johnchowning  yamaha  stanford  fm  fmsynthesis  synthesis  invention 
march 2015 by infovore

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