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Time-line of the Music Animation Machine (and related experiments)

1974 The idea for the Music Animation Machine started with a hallucination ...
1974 ... and my frustration with reading a more complicated score ...
1974 ... I tried a condensed score ...
1974 ...which led to a bar-graph scroll.
1981 A guy from Hollywood suggested animating it...
1982
1983
1984
...and Michael Gottlieb recommended doing the animation with a computer.
1985 The MAM first saw the light of day!
1985 MIDI opened up many possibilities ...
1986
1987
... I bought my first IBM PC clone and started designing version 2.0 for it ...
1988 ... which I finished in the winter of 1988.
1989 Videotapes were sent to friends and others I thought might enjoy them ...
1990 ... which led to the 1990 "First Demonstration Reel" ...
1991 ... and my fifteen minutes of fame.
1988 Backing up a bit: I experimented with computer-assisted performance.
1990 Many things were not visible in the original MAM score ... tonality ...
1991 ... rhythm ...
1991? ... the special importance of the "now" moment ...
1991 ... consonance/dissonance between pairs of notes ...
1991 ... the compromises of equal temperament ...
1992 ... and non-equal temperaments ...
1992 ... interval relationships in chords ...
1993 ... interval relationships in chords in a temporal context ...
1993 ... timbre ...
1994 ... and the interaction of different instruments.
1995
1996
Oskar Fischinger was an inspiration.
1997 I got interested in scales made up of many equal intervals ...
1997 ... the structure of canons ...
1998 ... accents in scale passages ...
1998 ... and the history of recently-heard notes.
1998 Will Pitkin had an idea for helping deaf infants.
1998 I tried showing the movement of the tonal center ...
1998 ... interactions of overtones ...
1999 ... and triadic relationships.
2000 Classic Arts Showcase began broadcasting the MAM regularly.
2001 I got more interested in what happens in the ear ...
2001 ... which led to a job related to hearing and visualization.
2002
2003
2004
For a few years, the work at Audience sucked me in completely ...
2005 ... but in 2005 YouTube happened; a great way for me to share my work ...
2006 ... as was the freeware MAM MIDI File Player.
2007
2008
I worked on ways to synchronize MIDI with audio ...
2009 ... which let me use other people's recordings in my videos.
2010 The iPad was a boon in many ways.
2011 What's next?