Wired: When you finally got your hands on a computer in the 1950s, what did you do with it?
Brooks: In our first year of graduate school, a friend and I wrote a program to compose tunes. The only large sample of tunes we had access to was hymns, so we started generating common-meter hymns. They were good enough that we could have palmed them off to any choir."
Fred Brooks, of The Mythical Man-Month fame, on what must be some of the earliest computer-generated music.