Remembering Max Mathews

In late 1965, I believe, when he filled in to teach the graduate electronic music course at Columbia, Max Mathews was asked what he envisioned for the future of computers in music; he said, “I look forward to the day when a plumber can come home from work and instead of watching television turn on his home computer and make music with it.” That response was taken by many in the class as whimsical at best, if not downright unrealistic. Of course Max’s vision would be completely realized by the early 1980s.