Image from page 440 of "Bell telephone magazine" (1922)
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writeor wish to write. It is too precise and too fast, andrequires things that are physically impossible. Usinga sound synthesizing computer program which Math-ews developed, these composers write out a score,specify the sounds they want synthesized, and theresults can be heard through a loudspeaker con-nected to the computer as though emanating from anorchestra. Collaboration is a two-way street In Mr. Mathews opinion, collaboration betweenartist and technologist is, in a very real sense, a two-way street. What the technologists get out of art arethe same things that anyone else gets out of art, thesame thing civilization gets. These are the very im-portant, long-range permanent values; they representsome of our best achievements. The scientist may also derive benefits unique to hisown situation. As far as unique things are con-cerned, says Mr. Mathews, this depends upon himas an individual: he may get quite a bit of inspiration;he may get new ideas; he may get some idea from the 18
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Artist Robert Rauschenberg and dancer Lucinda Childs, per-formers in last years Nine Evenings entertainment, discuss unique electronic environmental system with Bell Laboratoriesengineers Leonard I. Robinson and Per Biorn. art that he can use directly in his technology. Wehave, certainly, examples of this in the understandingof speech and speech quality that have come out ofour studies in music. Currently, we have been concerned with experi-ments on tone perception, a new theory of conso-nance and dissonance, which was primarily studiedfor music. The sounds and the percepts are the samemusically and speechwise, and music is a much sim-pler sound source, so we can study it in greater detailand understand it better. These tonal studies havegiven us a new insight which we would not havegotten directly from speech because it is too com-plicated. Whatever course the converging rivers of art andtechnology may take, it seems certain that the con-vergence is permanent. The new windows now bei
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