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.
Play Geir Inge Lotsberg. Recorded on November 23, 1999. 18:02
- MNEMonics 18:02