Apr 25, 2015

Loading and lining up an Ampex VR2000 videotape machine

Loading and lining up an Ampex VR2000 videotape machine.

Apr 23, 2015


Chock-A-Block was a BBC children's television programme, created by Michael Cole. It was first shown in 1981 and repeated through to 1989 and shown as part of the children's programme cycle See-Saw (the "new" name for the cycle originally known as Watch with Mother). "Chock-A-Block" was an extremely large yellow computer, modelled to resemble a mainframe of the time; it filled the entire studio and provided the entire backdrop for the show. The presenter of the show played the part of a technician maintaining the computer. There were two presenters, Fred Harris ("Chock-A-Bloke") and Carol Leader ("Chock-A-Girl"), but only one appeared in each episode. At the start of the show, the presenter would drive around the studio towards the machine in a small yellow electric car, before saying the catchphrase "Chock-A-Bloke (or Girl), checking in!").

The presenter would then use the machine to find out about a particular topic. The name "chock-a-block" was derived from the machine's ability to read data from "blocks" - which were just that, physical blocks painted different colours. A typical show would include dialogue from the presenter, a brief clip played on Chock-a-block's video screen, and the presenter recording a song on Chock-a-block's audio recorder (which resembled the reel-to-reel tape drives used on actual mainframes, but with a design below to cause the reels to resemble the eyes of a smiling face).

According to the Kaleidoscope 'Lost Shows' database, eight out of thirteen episodes are no longer in the BBC archives.

The story of Chockablock :http://www.thechestnut.com/chockablock.htm

Mar 16, 2015


ART SCENE_Part 2 of 2 parts

Interviews with Digital Artists Rebecca Allen & Victor Acevedo. Hosted by Stephen Jerrom.

Originally aired in September 1990.

ARTSCENE was a Public Access Cable TV program run on Century Cable studio based in Santa Monica California. On August 22, 1990, curator,
Patric Prince and artists: David Em, Rebecca Allen and Victor Acevedo taped interviews for the show as part of the media coverage for ART 1990.

ART 1990 was a digital art exhibition mounted at EZTV Gallery September 1 through October 31, 1990. Curated by Art Historian Patric Prince,it was produced in collaboration between L.A. SIGGRAPH and EZTV as part of the Fringe Festival / Los Angeles.

Patric Prince & David Em are interviewed in part 1 -- you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/my_videos_edit.

Mar 8, 2015

GENEVA JACUZZI + TELEFANTASY TV a live television event

Geneva Jacuzzi performs at the Center For New Music in a live
television event created in collaboration with Telefantasy TV


ARD Concert, live at Fürstenhof Tanzpalast, Hamburg

1 - Star trek 00:00
2 - Habanera 01:26
3 - Du Hast Den Farbfilm Vergessen 04:27
4 - Russischer Reggae (Russian Reggae) 07:35
5 - Heiss 12:03
6 - New York, New York 15:20
7 - Hermann Hiess Er 20:54
8 - Interview with Herman Brood 25:22
9 - Rock'n'Roll Junkie (Herman Brood) 27:16
10 - Pop (Nina Hagen with Herman Brood) 30:46
11 - Wenn Ich Ein Junge War (Rita Pavone cover) 33:24
12 - Diana (Paul Anka cover) 36:20
13 - Zarah (Zarah Leander cover) 38:36
14 - Wunderbar (Zarah Leander cover) 42:31
15 - Auf'm Bahnhof Zoo 44:38
16 - Wir Sind Die Welt (We Are The World) 49:30

Mar 5, 2015


On the 8th Day - Nuclear Winter Documentary (1984)

''On The 8th Day'' is chilling, a result entirely consistent with its aim. The one-hour documentary explores the possible ecological and atmospheric consequences of nuclear war, particularly as they would be expressed in a ''nuclear winter.'' Darkness would shroud the Northern Hemisphere; temperatures would fall. The planet would survive, but not as a hospitable place. ''On the Eighth Day'' was originally produced for the BBC as part of the series The Natural World, and aired in the United States on cable station TBS on January 14, 1985.