Who needs talking machines when there is so much to be said among humans and so little time?
the SFTMC decided to accept a $15,000 grant to move to Mills college and become part of the Mills Center for Contemporary Music. The studio facilities were improved, but the organizational problems of being part of a large institution soon took their toll on the original core members of the SFTMC.
By 1967, all of the SFTMC people had departed, and by the time Robert Ashley joined Mills in 1969 as the new director of the center, the electronic-music studios were gone and there was no equipment left. Ashley's revival of the studios took the form of a public-access music and media facility that was highly innovative but always dependent on the financial generosity of both the university and the granting foundation.