Re: Lejaren Hiller has died (Pierre Divenyi)

Subject: Re: Lejaren Hiller has died
From:    Pierre Divenyi <Pierre Divenyi>
Date:    Thu, 27 Jan 1994 15:21:40 PST

I met Jerry Hiller in 1974, having read his pioneering book on computer composition (there was no computer synthesis yet, at that time). His broad knowledge of just about everything (he started out as a chemist), his enthusasm, and his humor have made me an instant fan of his. As I was asked to organize a special session, at the 1975 Austin ASA meeting, on auditory organization from the psychoacoustic, speech, and musical points of view, I could not think of a better representative of the musical-scientific community than Jerry. He came and gave an interesting and definitely personal talk -- his first and, if I am correct, only appearance at an ASA meeting. It was the last time I saw him. His old friend and colleague, Jim Beauchamp told me about a year ago of Jerry suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Recalling his keen intellect, I am certain of just how much he must have suffered. Bye, Jerry, wherever you are! I will look for your book (it must be quite dusty by now -- computer music has changed a lot since 1965), just to see how it all started. Pierre Divenyi

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