April 23rd, the technology world lost a true pioneer, Max Mathews. This name might not mean much to you, but what he did was something that changed computers, music and voice forever. Mathews, often called the father of computer music, wrote the first program to enable a computer to synthesize sound and play it back. His first computer program was written for the IBM 704 mainframe computer when he was an engineer at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., in 1957. The video below is from 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing, singing the song Daisy Bell. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews. This performance was the inspiration for a similar scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
I am a professional geek with years of training, do not try this at home.