Music Score: Synapse for Viola and Computer, 1976

/sites/default/files/media/document/MarcusThompson-BarryVercoe_Synapse-for-Viola-and-Computer_1976.pdf Barry Vercoe and Marcus Thompson

Violist Marcus Thompson and software developer Barry Vercoe, both MIT professors, collaborate on "Synapse for Viola and Computer," included in the Computer Generations (Composers Recordings Inc., 1978) album, 1976.

About the Work

Barry Vercoe's work "Synapse", composed in 1976 for violist Marcus Thompson, treated both musician and computer synthesized accompaniment as equally salient musical entities..."Synapse" is essentially a small viola concerto with orchestra part performed by the computer... It was the first major work to emerge from the EMS [Experimental Music Studio]...the first facility to have digital computers dedicated to full time research and composition of computer music. In addition, ["Synapse"] was the first music written using the MIT Graphic Score Editor...At the time the piece was written, technological limitations placed the burden of synchronization during performance on the musician. Now, modern digital processing techniques offer new, creative possibilities, and have enabled composers to incorporate real-time synchronization and genuine computer interaction into their compositions. In early 1999, Professor Vercoe revisited "Synapse" to explore the interactive potential of this important work.

MIT Media Lab, 1999

Timeline: 1970s
School: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department: Media Arts and SciencesMusic and Theater Arts
Career: Arts & Humanities
Object: Document
Collection: Faculty, Integration and Differentiation 1969-1994, Marcus A. Thompson, Music, Pop Culture