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Jun 1, 2020

Software Automatic Mouth: Mark Barton

Mark Barton was creator of SAM — Software Automatic Mouth. Released in 1982, SAM was the first software-only speech synthesizer for personal computers. It was available for the Apple II, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. He later developed Macintalk, speech synthesis for the Macintosh computer; and narrator, the speech system for the Commodore Amiga.

This interview took place on May 22, 2020.

SAM Demo Disk

Steve Jobs movie

Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh

Peter Ladefoged at Wikipedia

Peter Ladefoged at UCLA

SAM in your browser

Switched On Bach by Wendy Carlos

Why Modern Digital Synthesis Is More Analog Than Analog by Mark Barton

Mark's Soundcloud

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