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Bill Schaeffer | Plato Computer Music , Vol. 2, 1983 - 1985

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Plato Computer Music , Vol. 2, 1983 - 1985

by Bill Schaeffer

Early Computer Music Performed by the PLATO Computer System on the Interactive Music Synthesizer, IMS, at the University of Illinois, Urbana, November 1985
Genre: Avant Garde: Computer Music
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1. Swingtime
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2. Okinawa
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3. The Big Song
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4. Intergalactic Space Transport
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5. Starglider
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6. Minstrel Song
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7. Giant Feathered Spaceships Buzzing Down to Earth
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8. Cat's Eye
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9. Slide Whistle Shenanigans
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10. Herman, What's in the Yard?
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11. Grind
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12. Accordion Dance
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13. Moonlight sonata, 1st Movement
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14. Celtic Memories
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15. Schoenberg's Accordion
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16. Close Encounters Serialized
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17. Random Logic Wars One
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18. Random Logic Wars Two
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19. Long Song
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20. Disko One - Intro
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21. Disko Two
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22. Disko Three
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23. Disko Four
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24. Disko Five
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25. Disko Six
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26. Disko Seven
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27. Disko Eight - Coda
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 1983, I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois, studying Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. In my spare time, I attended composer forums and was composing music for the C.E.R.L. PLATO Computer Music Project at the University of Illinois.

The project was directed by Lippold Haken, also a graduate student. We were a young, renegade bunch of digital music pioneers. Lippold, along with Kurt Hebel, had just built the Interactive Music Synthesizer, or IMS, to replace the beloved Gooch Cybernetic Synthesizer. Taking advantage of advancements in chip technology, the IMS had several improvements over the GCS -- it was all digital, sixteen bit, stereo output, with frequency modulation and more memory.

For the next few years I wrote music with this IMS music machine and stored it on the PLATO Computer System.

Just before I left Urbana, my friend Dale Sinder loaned me his 1/2" Beta MAX Hi-Fi VCR and I recorded the tracks on the CD. Over the years, the tapes were converted to DAT, and then from DAT to CD-R. It is fortunate that this music has survived so well.

Special thanks to everyone on the CERL music project and the PLATO computer system.

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