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Information, transmission, modulation, and noise – 3rd Edition

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rchrdRichard Friedman, Oakland, CA, works at Sun Microsystems, is a Director of Other Minds, wrote his first computer program in 1962 for the IBM 650. It played dice. He is also a ham radio (AG6RF) operator, and he also takes a lot of photographs, composes music, and does a weekly radio program on KALW called Music From Other Minds.
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About the Sub-Title, Information, Transmission, Modulation, and Noise:

When I was in college, the one textbook that impressed me the most was one with this title. I still have it somewhere. It actually dealt with all four topics from an electrical engineering and mathematical perspective. The author, Mischa Schwartz, was one of my professors, and it really was an exciting course. (I see now that the book has been much expanded since 1963, when I used it… and the price has tripled!)

In the ’70′s I started doing late night radio programs on KPFA, in Berkeley. At that time KPFA went off the air after midnight, because they didn’t want to pay someone to operate the board. I volunteered to do a music program most nights, and turn off the stations when I ran out of music, or got too tired — usually around 3am. Then the usual crew would arrive around 6 to turn KPFA back on and do the morning news programs.

Searching for a title for the program I remembered this book and realized that it described everything I was doing on these radio programs: information, transmission, modulation, and noise. It also seems to be an apt subtitle for this blog, whatever it turns out to be.

Some of those radio programs are on tape in the KPFA tape archive now part of Other Minds. Some are being digitized and made available on RadiOM.

Here’s one ITMAN program from 1970 with Steve Reich and Jon Gibson. (Did I really sound like that? Oh, it was 38 years ago.) Link.

 



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Richard Friedman lives in Oakland, CA, is a freelance tech writer/editor, web designer, photographer, is a Director of Other Minds, wrote his first computer program in 1962 for the IBM 650. It played dice. He is also a ham radio (AG6RF) operator, and he also takes a lot of photographs, composes music, and does a weekly radio program on KALW called Music From Other Minds.
He is not Kinky.

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