Max V. Mathews | i |
last name: Mathews
first name: Max V.
birthday: November 13, 1926
birth-place: Columbus, Nebraska (USA)

Max V. Mathews is a pioneer in the world of computer music. He studied electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology and afer that he worked on behavioral and acoustic research at Bell Laboratories (1955-1987). This laboratory carried out research in speech communication, visual communication, human memory and learning, programmed instruction, analysis of subjective opinions, physical acoustics, and industrial robotics. Later Mathews went to the Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, France working as a scientific advisor (1974-1980). His major accomplishments also include the computer composition languages MUSIC (I-V) and GROOVE. At the CCRMA he developed a new pickup for electronic violins and a real-time computer system for music performance called the Conductor and a 3D MIDI Controller called the Radio Baton. In 1962 “Music by Mathematics (vinyl) was published by various artist but many were authored Max Mathews. It was produced on an IBM 7090 at Bell Laboratories.

From 15th January – 15th February the Deutsches Rechenzentrum Darmstadt presented an exhibition of Computer Art. It featured the music of Max V. Mathews.

Mathews is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Acoustical Society of America, the IEEE, and the Audio Engineering Society.



1950 Received his Bachelor of Science at the California Institute of Technology and then went to Bell Labs where he worked with John Pierce and Newmann Guttman.
1952 Received his Master of Science at the Institute of Technology in Massachusetts.
1954 Received his Doctorate at the Institute of Technology in Massachusetts.
1957 Developed MUSIC I on IBM 704.
1958 Developed MUSIC II on IBM (transistorised) 7094.
1960 Developed MUSIC III.
1961 Created an arrangement of Harry Dacre’s composition “Daisy Bell” also known as “Bicycle Built For Two” for synthesized instruments and vocals.
1968 Devoloped MUSIC V on IBM 360.
1970 Devoloped the GROOVE program.
1987 Joined the Stanford University Music Department in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) where he currently works as a research professor of music.
1989 Entered the Conductor program.
2008 Received the Qwartz d’Honneur.
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