Composer Laurie Spiegel attended Shimer and Brooklyn Colleges, Oxford University, and the Juilliard School. After a BA in the Social Sciences, she completed her MA in Music Composition and embarked on a multi-arts creative career that has included numerous performances and recordings of her musical works, video and film soundtrack music and audio and visual special effects, compositions for dance and theater, widely exhibited computer and hand made visual art, video and interactive computer software installations, poetry, fiction and dozens of published writings, mostly about technology and the arts.

After several years of instrumental, analog electronic, and tape composition starting in the late 1960s, Spiegel decided that her creative visions required the greater power of computers, and she began her residence at Bell Labs, where she wrote interactive computer software for both music and image composition from 1973-79. Starting in 1978, she became active in the design and programing of music systems for newer more accessible personal computers, most notably her program "Music Mouse - An Intelligent Instrument".

She has directed computer and electronic music studios and taught composition at New York University and Cooper Union, and has received fellowships and grants from CAPS, ASCAP, Meet-the-Composer, NYFA, the Experimental Television Lab at WNET, and the Institute for Studies in American Music. Her realization of Kepler's "Harmony of the Planets" was sent into space as the opening cut of the Voyager Spacecraft's record "Sounds of Earth".
Some photos from Bell Labs days:

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