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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"Daisy Bell" (1961) by John Kelly, Carol Lockbaum, and Max Mathews for IBM

"Daisy Bell" was composed by Harry Dacre in 1892. In 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. Below the pictures there is a video clip you can play with the audio recording. Enjoy.
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
It won't be a stylish marriage
I can't afford a carriage
But you'll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two.

PHOTO #1: IBM 7094 Emergency Power Off Switch
PHOTO #2: IBM 7094 with operator, John Szallasi

PHOTO #3: IBM 7094 tape room

PHOTO #4: IBM 7094 console

PHOTO #5: Bob Sparks with IBM 7094

PHOTOS #6-10: Various Pictures of the IBM 7094

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