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  1. MNEMonics originated from working with the ISPW (IRCAM Signal Processing
    Workstation) in Paris. The hardware was produced by Ariel Corporation for the NEXT
    computer (The CUBE) running under the software MAX. This was a hardware/
    software package developed for real-time synthesis and score following. Score following is
    the process of tracking live players as they play through a predetemined score. Real-time
    synthesis is the process of creating a “new instrument” as they play providing
    accompaniment to one ore more live players. Meanwhile, the ISPW went out of production
    but the work with MNEMONICS continued, porting most of the work to the MacIntosh
    platform still running under the software MAX/MSP.
    Lexical meaning: Mnemonics is the art of memory; a system of precepts and rules
    intended to assist the memory; artificial memory, RAM, or Random Access Memory:
    Temporary memory stored in the computer´s volatile buffer.
    Furthermore: One of the original three Greek Muses, Mneme is the Muse of Memory. She
    is the sister of Aoide and Melete. In Greek mythology, the Muses are nine Greek
    goddesses of the arts and sciences. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, they are the
    daughters of Zeus, king of the gods, and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. The Muses
    inspired artists, musicians and poets. They were associated with the Roman Camenae.

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