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Why Stanley Kubrick used ‘Daisy’ for HAL’s death in 2001

This video explains why Stanley Kubrick used the song Daisy Bell for the death of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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> 2001: A Space Odyssey at the IMDb
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By Ambrose Heron

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In 1961, physicist John Larry Kelly, Jr and colleague Louis Gerstman[7] used an IBM 704 computer to synthesize speech, an event among the most prominent in the history of Bell Labs. Kelly’s voice recorder synthesizer (vocoder) recreated the song “Daisy Bell”, with musical accompaniment from Max Mathews. Coincidentally, Arthur C. Clarke was visiting his friend and colleague John Pierce at the Bell Labs Murray Hill facility. Clarke was so impressed by the demonstration that he used it in the climactic scene of his screenplay for his novel.

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