Sal-Mar Construction

Martirano (center) and the Sal-Mar Construction
In 1969, Salvatore Martirano along with a group of engineers and musicians at the University of Illinois began work on the design and construction of a musical electronic instrument. The instrument, named the Sal-Mar Construction, is a hybrid system (both analog and digital) that the player can use interactively to produce real-time composition using up to 24 spatialized audio channels.  It was created using parts from the aging ILLIAC II supercomputer.

The Sal-Mar is considered to be the world’s first composing machine and according to Composers' Forum President Joel Chadabe, “The Sal-Mar Construction is an historically important musical event and a stunning and classical display of individual American invention. It must be seen and heard!"