Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

BBC Discovers Earliest Computer Music Recordings

The BBC recently unearthed computer-synthesized music recorded at the University of Manchester on a Ferranti Mark 1 computer in Autumn, 1951. The first tunes immortalized by computer were Baa Baa Black Sheep, God Save the King and a fragment of In the Mood.

These acetate disks are now the oldest known recordings, although Create Digital Music's Peter Kirn points out that there were earlier computer-synthesis experiments performed on Australia’s CSIRAC in the summer of 1951.

Kirn has compiled a brief timeline that explains things far better than I could. He concludes that the first real digital music was composed and recorded by Max Matthews on an IBM 704 sometime in 1957: "The key is the content: early computers could make noise, but Mathews’ team at Bell could (ahem) create digital music."

New Early Computer Music Discovered; What Was the First Digital Synth?


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