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Creativity and Misused Technology — The Future of Music and AI

Fairlight CMI — Swiss Museum & Center for Electronic Music Instruments (SMEM)

‘The history of technology and music are histories of misappropriation, accident, and contingency precisely because of the way objects are used and misused in practice.” Nick Prior, Software Sequencers and Cyborg Singers: Popular Music in the Digital Hypermodern. 2009, p. 86

For example, the world’s first sampler, Fairlight CMI, was intended to be cheap, high-quality imitations of existing instruments such as pianos and violins. Its inventors had definitely no idea that their brainchild would be used to sample the noise of a Mcdonald’s paper bag or the sound of a pig being slaughtered, let alone the drum sounds of existing records.

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