Jon Appleton papers, 1942 - 2013Manuscript MS-727


Jon Howard Appleton was born in 1939, in Hollywood California. He was educated at Reed College, the University of Oregon and Columbia University. In 1976, Appleton joined the faculty at Dartmouth College where he established one of the first electronic music studios in the United States. He remained there intermittently for forty-two years, eventually becoming the Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music. In the late 1970s, Appleton contributed to the development of the first commercial digital synthesizer called the Synclavier. He was also a founding member of the International Confederation for Electro-Acoustic Music and the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). In the early 1990s Appleton helped found the Theremin Center for Electronic Music at the Moscow Conservatory of Music where he continues to teach once a year. He has also taught at Keio University (Mita) in Tokyo, Japan, CCRMA at Stanford University and the University of California Santa Cruz. Appleton's first recordings were published in 1969, and he has been a prolific composer of electronic music throughout his career.

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