Digital sound synthesis 53 years ago

This was a surprise to me — a researcher with too much time on his hands coaxed an early computer called the CSIRAC to do sound synthesis more than half a century ago. Ars Technica talks about the CSIRAC, how it came to be the first computer to synthesize sound (I wouldn’t call it “multimedia”, but whatever), and has some interesting links for those interested in the history of computers. | Ars Technica article