Jan 31, 2014

BBC MICRO The Sentinel

The BBC Microcomputer System, or BBC Micro, was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by the Acorn Computer company for the BBC Computer Literacy Project, operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. Designed with an emphasis on education, it was notable for its ruggedness, expandability and the quality of its operating system.

After the Literacy Project's call for bids for a computer to accompany the TV programmes and literature, Acorn won the contract with the Proton, a successor of its Atom
computer prototyped at short notice. Renamed the BBC Micro, the system
was adopted by most schools in the United Kingdom, changing Acorn's
fortunes. It was also moderately successful as a home computer in the UK despite its high cost. Acorn also employed the machine to simulate and develop the ARM architecture which is much used for embedded systems. Globally, as of 2013, ARM is the most widely used 32-bit instruction set architecture in terms of quantity produced.

While nine models were eventually produced with the BBC brand, the
term "BBC Micro" is usually used colloquially to refer to the first six
(Model A, B, B+64, B+128, Master 128, and Master Compact), with the
subsequent models considered as part of Acorn's Archimedes series.

Jan 26, 2014

IT'S UP TO YOU!!! A video for high school girls 1990

From You Tube user Cindidrennan:
"In the 90's, there were fewer women working in technology-based careers
and the TIA (Technology and Industrial Arts) unit at Underdale campus
commissioned this video, to encourage girls in high school to consider
studying in this area. The TIA approached the Film and Electronic Media
department of UniSA to be involved in production, and myself and several
other female students in our final years became involved.

spent some years by that time making films and editing, and also being
comfortable with the animation systems available at the university, this
film incorporates effects from keyed Amiga DPaint3 animation through to
Fairlight CVI MTV type effects. Most of these were created offline but
several were overlayed in a final online edit mastering process.

music was composed at the Magill campus media unit, by Darren Cox, who
used an ensoniq s16 synth to overlay the voice samples over his own
guitar and scratch composition."

Jan 22, 2014


Features: David Van Tieghem - "Ear To The Ground" Zbigniew Rybczynski - "Discreet Charm Of The Diplomacy" Elizabeth Streb / Michael Schwartz - "Ringside" Laurie Anderson - "Sharkey's Day" William Wegman - "The Best Of William Wegman" Sankai Juku - "Butoh Dance At Battersea Power Station"

Jan 21, 2014


Behind the scenes with Paul Hardcastle and the making of "19".

Jan 17, 2014

The New Sound Of Music

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=919RleFXcNM

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oyfU1n_Vtw&list=PL2492128772A36830

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJHtcWLhrX4 (my favorite)

Nikolai Voinov's 'Paper Sound'

Nikolai Voinov (1900-1958) demonstrates the techniques of Paper Sound and the creation of music for animation. The demonstration includes two short animations: "Rachmaninov Prelude", 1932 (1:07) "The Dance of the Crow", 1933 (2:11)

Jan 13, 2014


(1992) This is a documentation from the SIGGRAPH exhibit in 1992, showcasing computer graphics devices and animation developed by students at the Electronic Visualization Lab. At this time, the CAVE® Virtual Reality Theater was first exhibited. More information can be found on the EVL website -- www.evl.uic.edu

Jan 8, 2014


Lovely half hour documentary following Nina Hagen around Berlin in 1983. and WOW! Nina Hagen was nearly in Flashdance?