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THE COMPUTER & THE ARTS
Interdisciplinary research activities such as these often give rise to
bilateral stimuli; for example, the need to process information very
rapidly for music synthesis has helped Professor Dennis in his
development of a parallel-computer architecture called the dataflow
machine. Conversely, continuously emerging developments in
computer hardware stimulate its use in new ways to achieve
previously difficult musical or design effects.
Professor Barry L. Vercoe of the Music Section of the Department of
Humanities, who is an affiliate member of the Laboratory, and his
research group use their PDP/11-based studio to explore the use of
computers to aid composers.
Professor Nicolas P. Negroponte of the Department of Architecture
and affiliate member of the Laboratory, combines his knowledge of
architecture and computers in the Architecture Machine--a
multicomputer facility developed and supported by his research
group, that brings the computer to the aid of the architect in the
creative design process.
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