Alan Sutcliffe | i |
last name: Sutcliffe
first name: Alan
birthday: June 30, 1930
birth-place: Todmorden (West Yorkshire UK)
death date: March 26, 2014

Alan Sutcliffe was a composer, designer, author, and computer programmer. He was one of the founding members of the international ‘Computer Arts Society’, based in the UK, which he chaired for 10 years.

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1949 to 51 Studied Mathematics in Bristol.
1951-53 Military Service, worked as a draughtsman for a year.
1961 Started computer programming, working first for the English Electric Computers, then for International Computers Limited.
1962 Attended a composition course at Dartington Summer School of Music, conducted by Luciano Berio.
1963 Became a system programmer and prepared his first computer graphics.
1966 Was introduced to Peter Zinovieff through Delia Derbyshire while employed at ‘International Computer limited’ in Bracknell, Berkshire at the post of ‘Manager of New Series Branch’ (R&D).
1965 Attended new music summer course at Darmstadt, W.Germany, attended classes with Luciano Berio in England
1967 Composed ‘ZASP’ -a computer composition – in collaboration with Peter Zinovieff, the first piece composed on one computer (ICT 1900) and realized on another (PDP 8), which explored acoustics generated by algorithmic patterns and textures uniquely inherent to the electronic muic equipment.
1968 ZASP’ wins the second price at the IFIP (International Federation of for Information Processing)Congress.
1968 Gave a provocative lecture at ‘Internationale Woche der Experientellen Musik" at the Technische Universitat, Berlin, W.Germany entitled ’Die Electronische Musik ist Tot’.
1968 Initiated the founding of the ‘Computer Arts Society’ to promote ‘the creative use of Computer in the arts’ along with Gustav Metzger, George Mallen and John Lansdown, which he chaired for 10 years. By the first two years it had 254 members in Britian and 123 overseas members.
March 1969 Helped to launch the CAS ‘Computer Arts Society’ and it’s publication ‘PAGE’ at ‘Event One’ at RCA, London.
1969 Spent three months in the computer music studio of the University of Illinoisi, Chaimpaign-Urbana and visited various American artists including Kenneth Knowolton at Bell Labs, New Jersey.
1973 Joined Zinoveiff’s Electronic music studios Ltd. as a part-time director, mainly programming for the studio but increasingly involved in the synthesizer business.
1973 to 1980 Worked as a part-time director of System Simulation Ltd.,with colleagues from CAS.
1978 Produced computer animation for Ridley Scott’s film Alien.
1979 Elected chairman of the Specialist Groups Board and became the Vice President of the BCS.
1980 onwards Worked as a freelancer on graphics software for Cambridge University, the RAF, and for UNESCO in Vietnam, among others; he also became an expert in CAD systems for carpet design.
2002 Involved with the CACHe project, which led to the reformation of the Computer Arts society, and he has recently been elected president.
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