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Inventor of FM synthesis to give lecture and concert

50th anniversary of FM synthesis celebrated at Queen Mary University, London

Professor John Chowning, the inventor of FM synthesis

You probably know of Professor John Chowning as the inventor of FM synthesis and the founder of the renowned Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

In September 2015, we published an article about him and his music, but on 28th November 2018, you’ll have the chance to see him and hear some of his compositions performed in a 50th anniversary celebration of the invention of FM synthesis as part of the Queen Mary University of London Distinguished Lecturer Series.

The 3pm lecture will show how Chowning’s earliest work in spatialisation led to the discovery of FM synthesis and how he then applied this musically. It will make use of sound-synchronous animations to elucidate his ideas and include a demonstration of singing as a controller in the composition 'Voices'.

The concert that follows at 6pm will feature Chowning’s wife, Coloratura soprano Maureen Chowning, and will include performances of Turenas (1972), Stria (1977), Phonē (1981), and Voices for Soprano & Computer, v.3 (2011), all of which are seminal works in the development of computer music.

The lecture is free to attend, and tickets for the concert are available for £5 (£2 for students). the venue is Arts Two Performance Space, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, UK

Find out more about the lecture here and concert details here

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