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Friday, October 22 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Heyser Memorial Lecture: Frequency Modulation Sound Synthesis

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The Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 151st Fall 2021 online show will be presented as the second of a two-part Heyser series by John Chowning.
In this lecture, "Frequency Modulation Sound Synthesis," Dr. Chowning will present the follow-up to his October 2020 introductory Heyser Lecture, "Realizing a Dream, a Discovery, and Lissajous Figures."

Dr. Chowning will explain why the YAMAHA DX7 became the "face" of FM Synthesis (FM), the circumstances of FM's unlikely discovery, and an important technical detail regarding reflected sidebands around 0Hz. He will then demonstrate a powerful synthesis concept, spectral modeling, using FM. Finally, he will present the theory of a composition that found a perfect complement in FM theory and could only be realized by FM synthesis.


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John M. Chowning

Professor of Music, Emeritus, Stanford University
John M. Chowning was born in Salem, New Jersey in 1934. Following military and university studies, he studied composition in Paris in 1959 for three years with Nadia Boulanger. In 1966 he received a doctorate in composition from Stanford University, where he studied with Leland Smith... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
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