Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Guide to the John M. Chowning Papers
SC0906  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (54.64 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0906
    Creator: Chowning, John M.
    Title: John M. Chowning papers
    Dates: 1974-1997
    Physical Description: 1 linear foot
    Summary: Collection consists largely of correspondence between Chowning, the Yamaha Corporation, and the Technology Licensing Office at Stanford, 1974-97; other items include patents and related documents, 1978-87, technical writings (not all by Chowning), 1974-87, publications and leaflets on Yamaha products, and miscellaneous notes. The technical writings include "Excerpts from Computer Music Proposal Submitted to National Science Foundation," July 1974; "Sine Summation Formula Synthesis," ca. 1976; and "Progress Report on the Development of the FM-type Musical Instrument for the period of March 1979 to February 1980."
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    John M. Chowning Papers (SC0906). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    John M. Chowning, professor emeritus of music at Stanford, developed the technique for creating digital sounds in the late 1960s which was patented and then licensed to Yamaha in 1973. He earned his bachelor of music at Wittenberg University in 1959, studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and earned his Ph.D. at Stanford in 1966. He was the founding director in 1975 of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.

    Description of the Collection

    Collection consists largely of correspondence between Chowning, the Yamaha Corporation, and the Technology Licensing Office at Stanford, 1974-97; other items include patents and related documents, 1978-87, technical writings (not all by Chowning), 1974-87, publications and leaflets on Yamaha products, and miscellaneous notes. The technical writings include "Excerpts from Computer Music Proposal Submitted to National Science Foundation," July 1974; "Sine Summation Formula Synthesis," ca. 1976; and "Progress Report on the Development of the FM-type Musical Instrument for the period of March 1979 to February 1980."

    Access Terms

    Chowning, John M.
    Stanford University. Office of Technology Licensing.
    Yamaha Corporation.
    Synthesizer (Musical instrument).