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Language peer sets for ORPHEUS:
United Kingdom
United Kingdom/1963
Designed 1963
1960s languages
Third generation
Early Cold War
Genus Sound-Performance
Specialised Languages
Sound-Performance/United Kingdom
Sound-related/United Kingdom
Phenomenological/United Kingdom
Specialised Languages
Specialised Languages/1963
Specialised Languages/uk


Earlier copmuter music language 

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Country: United Kingdom
Designed 1963
Published: 1967
Genus: Sound-Performance
Sammet category: Specialised Languages

Microtone-capable musical performance language for the SOLIDAC. SOLIDAC was developed for the Computer Science Department at Glasgow University, and when the department didn't want it on finishing (1963), O'Beinre decided to keep it to play music on. This makes the SOLIDAC one of the very first dedicated musical computers.

O'Beirne used it to make the disc "Dice-Composition Music by SOLIDAC Computer" (Glasgow : Barr and Stroud 1967).

  • O'Beirne, T. H. (1967) O'Beirne, T. H. "Music, numbers and computers", Bull. Inst. Math. Applics., Vol. 3, 1967 pp57-66
  • O (1970) O'Beirne T H "Computer programs which play music with microtones" Abstract DOI
          in (1970) The Computer Journal 13(4) 1970
  • O'Beirne, T. H. (1970) O'Beirne, T. H. "From Mozart to the bagpipe with a small computer", Bull. Inst. Math. Applics. 1970
          in (1970) The Computer Journal 13(4) 1970
  • Thomas, Paul A.V. (1993) Thomas, Paul A.V. "Solidac: An Early Minicomputer for Teaching Purposes" pp79-83 Abstract Online copy Extract: Barr and Stroud Extract: O'Beirne and Solidac and Music
          in (1993) Annals of the History of Computing October-December 1993 15(4)
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