When you boot a Mac, you hear a chime. Originally it was a two-handed C-major chord played on a Korg Wavestation, recorded in 1991 by Apple engineer Jim Reekes. The sound is infamous ("Mac people are very familiar with the sound, after restarting their machines too often," he says), and was one of many creations Reekes funnelled into Apple's products between 1988 and 1999 as senior software architect.
The story behind something as simple as a start-up tone is much more detailed than you might think. "I wanted something really fat, with heavy bass, high notes and a sharp attack," Reekes explains. "I wanted lots of evolving timbres, stereo phasing and reverb, for further richness."
Where is he now?
Over a decade later, Reekes now works for GenArts as director of product management. GenArts produces visual-effects software for the movie industry, with clients including Industrial Light & Magic and Lucasfilm.