The name Raymond Kurzweil is likely to be familiar to most readers. One of his many inventions, the Kurzweil 250, was the first 88-key polyphonic digital synthesizer on which chords could be played and that was capable of realistic reproduction of the sound of a grand piano and other acoustic instruments based on digital sampling and recording of real sounds. Stevie Wonder knew of Kurzweil because of the latter's earlier invention of a reading aid for the blind and interest in building a synthesizer, Wonder asked Kurzweil if he could create an electronic musical instrument specifically adapted for him.…
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