Electroacoustic Pioneer Composer Jon Appleton has Died, Aged 83

Jon Appleton (Picture credit score: Dartmouth)


Appleton was instrumental in shaping music each in devices and composition. His earliest compositions similar to “Chef d’Oeuvre” and “Newark Airport Rock” (1967) attracted world consideration as they shaped a brand new custom referred to as “programmatic digital music.”

On the age of 28, Appleton joined the school of Dartmouth School the place he established one of many first digital music studios in the USA. He labored there intermittently for 42 years. Within the mid-Nineteen Seventies, he briefly grew to become the pinnacle of Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden.

Appleton helped develop the primary business digital synthesizer referred to as the Synclavier along with Sydney Alonso and Cameron Jones. Within the early Nineteen Nineties, co-founded the Theremin Heart for Digital Music on the Moscow Conservatory of Music and later taught at Keio College (Mita) in Tokyo, Japan, CCRMA at Stanford College and the College of California Santa Cruz.


Jon’s son, Jason, launched a press release on Fb concerning the dying of his father.

“It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I submit this. My father Jon Appleton died final night time after battling pneumonia for too lengthy,” he stated. “Jon was together with his household and had stated goodbye to many pals. They completely broke the mildew with my Dad. He might be so missed. We love you Jon! The docs, nurses, aides and employees at The Village at WRJ and DHMC have been simply superb. We’re grateful to all of them past phrases for serving to my dad go on peacefully and comfortably with care and dignity.”

We provide our condolences to Mr. Appleton’s household, pals, and colleagues.


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