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Music Workstations and Related Computing Architectures

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195144840
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144840.003.0019
Music Workstations and Related Computing Architectures

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Several features of the UNIX-based workstations have already been highlighted in the previous chapter, and the ground has been prepared for a more detailed study of their evolution in the specific context of computer music. Central to this discussion are the interesting and productive partnerships that evolved between a number of commercial and institutional interests, in many instances resulting in major advances at the leading edge of computer music research and development. Although a number of different activities have to considered, a useful starting point is provided by the circumstances that led to the birth of a revolutionary computer during the late 1980s designed specifically for multimedia applications, known as the NeXT. What makes the development particularly interesting is that this computer was designed to bridge the gap that had opened up between personal computers and computer workstations, drawing on key aspects of both architectures. In so doing, it effectively upstaged both.

Keywords: UNIX; multimedia applications; computer workstations; NeXT

Chapter.  6521 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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