Guide to the John M. Chowning Papers SC0906

Daniel Hartwig & Jenny Johnson
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
October 2010
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064
specialcollections@stanford.edu

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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: John M. Chowning papers
creator: Chowning, John M.
Identifier/Call Number: SC0906
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1974-2014
Abstract: 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.”
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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.”

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Synthesizer (Musical instrument)
Computer music.
Chowning, John M.
Risset, Jean-Claude
Stanford University. Office of Technology Licensing
Yamaha Corporation.
Stanford University. Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Chowning, John M.

 

Papers Accession ARCH-2008-177

box 1, folder 1

Correspondence 1974-1976

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 1985-1986

box 1, folder 10

Correspondence 1987

box 1, folder 11

Correspondence 1988

box 1, folder 12

Correspondence 1989-1990

box 1, folder 13

Correspondence 1991

box 1, folder 14

Correspondence 1992

box 1, folder 15

Correspondence 1995-1997 and undated

box 2, folder 1

Technical writings 1974-1987

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 1978-1987

box 2, folder 6

Clippings

 

Additional papers Accession ARCH-2015-087

box 1

John Chowning & Jean-Claude Rissette: pionniers de la computer music 2014 Sep 24-26

John Chowning & Jean-Claude Rissette: pionniers de la computer music: 2014 Sep 24-26

Physical Description: 2 computer file(s)
box 1

John Chowning & Jean-Claude Rissette: pionniers de la computer music (program) 2014 Sep 24-26

 

Additional papers Accession ARCH-2016-053

box 1, folder 1

Niels J. Reimers correspondence re patent application 1975-1981

box 1, folder 2

FM Hardware undated

box 1, folder 3

Stanford visit to IRCAM 1977

box 1, folder 4

Theremin visit 1991

box 1, folder 5

Photograph undated