Plato Computer Music 1977-1982
The original music of Bill Schaeffer (aka. Steamboat Willie), as performed by the PLATO Computer System on the GCS, Gooch Cybernetic Synthesizer, at the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, Illinois 1977 - 1982 Built by Sherwin Gooch, the GCS was a 16 voice, monophonic, digital synthesizer, with 256 point programmable waveforms and ASR envelopes. There was no filtering or post processing of the sound. Each song was composed in a special music language code and then compiled by PLATO for performance on the GCS. All songs composed by William A. Schaeffer, except Yaka Hano Gatzina Yoni transcribed by Natalie Curtis in 1904 (at the Acoma Pueblo), and Razorback Stomp by William A Schaeffer and William F. Walker. Special thanks to Sherwin Gooch, Lippold Haken, Tom Cortese, Paul Cortese, Bill Walker, Paul Silver, Theo Gray, Mark Smart, Nina Paley, and Lorraine Fitzgerald. Additional thanks to Dave Fuller, Kurt Hebel, Carla Scaletti, Scott Wyatt, Mark Pechnick, Chris Debrunner, Don Bitzer, Peter Krause, Patrick O'halloran, Charles Bridges, Bill Entwistle, and Gary C. Digital Restoration by Brent Backhus at Real Time Copies in culver City, CA. Additional Digital Conversion by bob Wayne at Sunburst Recording in Culver City, CA.