Lecture 14: Introduction to the Solid State, the 7 Crystal Systems, the 14 Bravais Lattices
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"Wireless Fantasy by Vladimir Ussachevsky. It's one of the first pieces of computer-generated music. It was done at Columbia University in 1960. It was commissioned by a group of fans of Lee de Forest, and it was in honor of de Forest's contribution to wireless broadcast.
And one of the first broadcasts de Forest ever sent over the radio was the piece that you are hearing. It's Parsifal. It is from the Wagner Opera. And so what Ussachevsky has done in the piece is to process it to make it sound really distanct as though it is coming over a shortwave radio.
And then he has Morse Code, and there is various Morse Code messages going through the piece. Wireless Fantasy, from 1960, done long-hand, by the way. It was really done with Morse Code in a mainframe computer and giant reel-to-reel decks..."
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