Guide to the John M. Chowning Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2011 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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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).


Collection Contents

 

Accession ARCH-2008-177 Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1974-76

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1978

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1979

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1980

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1981

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1982

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1983

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1984

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1985-86

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1987

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, 1988

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1989-90

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, 1991

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence, 1992

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence, 1995-97 and undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Technical writings, 1974-87

Box 2, Folder 2

Technical writings, undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Miscellaneous notes

Box 2, Folder 4

Publications and leaflets (Yamaha products)

Box 2, Folder 5

Patents and related documents, 1978-87

Box 2, Folder 6

Clippings