Nonet was composed and realized in 1979 at the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University California. At that time the centre had recently installed a unique 256-voice synthesizer nicknamed the Samson Box after its designer, Peter Samson and I used this powerful computer-controlled machine to realize the piece.
A realization score was drawn up by hand from the source score (exhibited) and multiplier scores for pitch and time, and the piece typed in from the realization score using Leland Smith's Score - a Fortran based language of the time (Leland later adopted the title Score for his notation software). A printout of all the documentation was made at the time, but the original source code was lost, sadly, in a later reorganization of the studio.
Tristram Cary, 80 this year, holds a unique place in contemporary music. While serving as a wartime naval radar officer in 1945, he independently conceived the idea of electronic and tape music, and is thus a world pioneer in this field. His contribution to concert and entertainment musical repertoire in every genre from pure electronic music to instrumental solos and orchestral and choral works covers the entire second half of the 20th century, and is now moving actively into the 21st.