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"Why does a creative person create? It's a type of compulsion. I like to explore new ideas."
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Tune-Maker  
  Automated music production.  

The waitress was perched in the back by the cooking controls, staring out at the night. In the corner a tune-maker ground out cadences to itself.
Technovelgy from The World Jones Made, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace in 1956
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Elsewhere in the novel it is described as a "square metal machine".

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