Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Musical Genius Anthony Braxton on Chess, Math & Music

Anthony Braxton is an American composer, saxophonist, clarinettist, flautist, pianist and philosopher. He may also be the last bona-fide Jazz genius, with a highly idiosyncratic style and originality. In this interview Braxton discusses chess, math and music. Interestingly, he describes about the obsession he had with chess ... "but I had to get away from chess because I couldn't stop, I couldn't go back to life." [See H.G. Wells quote]
Braxton is also notorious for naming his musical pieces as diagrams - example shown in this graphic (Composition No. 65).



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Links:
Anthony Braxton allmusic.com biography
Anthony Braxton Wikipedia biography

Tags: Anthony Braxton - Chess - Genius - Math - Music
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John McCarthy - Computer Chess, Artificial Intelligence & Drosophila

“Chess is the Drosophila of artificial intelligence. However, computer chess has developed much as genetics might have if the geneticists had concentrated their efforts starting in 1910 on breeding racing Drosophila. We would have some science, but mainly we would have very fast fruit flies.”
John McCarthy (Computer Scientist, currently Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at Stanford University)

John McCarthy (1927 -), pictured here with mainframe computer and chess set, was responsible for the coining of the term "Artificial Intelligence" in his 1955 proposal for the 1956 Dartmouth Conference. He also invented the Lisp programming language.

Links:
Prof John McCarthy website (Stanford University)
Dartmouth Conferences (Wikipedia)
Lisp programming language (Wikipedia)
Previous posting on Drosophila and AI


Tags: Artificial Intelligence - Computer Chess - Dartmouth Conference - Drosophila - Genetics - John McCarthy - Lisp Programming - Mainframe Computer -
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