Remko Scha, Dutch computer scientist & musician, Died at 70

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Remko Jan Hendrik Scha was born on September 15, 1945, and died on November 9, 2015.

He was a professor of computational linguistics at the faculty of humanities and Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam.

Remko was a composer and performer of algorithmic art.

He made recordings of music which has been generated by motor-driven machines.

One example of this type of music is his 1982 album of electric guitar music, “Machine Guitars”, on which all guitars are played by saber saws without human intervention, except for one in which the guitar is played by a rotating wire brush, again with no human intervention.

Performances took place in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Berlin, New York, San Francisco.

Remko founded Het Apollohuis together with Paul Panhuysen.

Remko passed away at age 70 in November 2015.