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World premiere of ‘The Demo’ is beautiful, but misses the mark

On December 9th, 1968, Douglas Engelbart delivered what is today known as “The Mother of All Demos” in San Francisco, unveiling to the public a revolutionary new computer system that consolidated many aspects of personal computing into one machine. Nearly 50 years later, composers and performers Mikel Rouse and Ben Neill have brought this watershed moment in technological history to the stage. On Wednesday night, the duo premiered a multimedia performing arts piece, simply titled “The Demo,” to a full house in Bing Concert Hall.