The Music Maker
IBMer Barbara Morris creates harmony with strings and code
Photo courtesy of Barbara Morris
Some of her favorite composers are “Brahms, Schubert, Mozart or Beethoven, depending on the day,” she laughs. “They write wonderful string-quartet music.” Morris also loves good cello solos. “I always think when a composer puts in a cello solo, it’s because it’s super special,” she says.
Morris enjoys the transitory aspect of playing live music. “The experience is ephemeral,” she says. “You play, and then it’s gone, unlike programming, where it’s there forever.”
Both her music and her work give Morris a tremendous sense of satisfaction. “When I’ve written something in RPG that I think is good, I get the same sense I used to get when I did composition exercises—it’s the creation of something elegant and beautiful,” she says.
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