I ignore most of the classiccmp threads except when the subject lines
directly interest me .... Anyway you should contact Erik Klein. He made an
Altair play "Fool on the Hill" at VCF 8 in 2005, for the Homebrew 30th
anniversary party. Bruce Damer was heavily involved with that as well.
From: William Donzelli [mailto:wdonzelli@...
Sent: Friday, February 02, 2007 3:35 PM
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Cool potential MARCH event
> Again? Guess I missed it the first time ..... Seems really
> interesting and I hope we can find a member (or two or three) to help
There was a rather big thread on CLASICCMP. Here it is again:
I am currently working on a project involving music made with computers
before MIDI. Some aspects and examples might be the old mainframes playing
tunes on band printers, minicomputers making tunes with RFI, microcomputers
controlling analog synthesizers, and so forth.
I have no strict timeline on this, but I would like to pull things together
in a few months maximum.
Things I am looking for:
1) Recordings of 2nd generation (or even before, if they exist) mainframes
making tunes. There are a few recordings out there, and I may be getting
some help from CHM for more.
2) A working 1970s era minicomputer with core, probably a PDP-8 or Nova,
that is reliable enough to make a performance.
3) A 1970s era microcomputer controlling an analog synthesizer.
4) Outstanding examples of Atari and/or C64s making music.
5) Leads to artists and musicians that used classic computers in recordings,
famous or not. Decent quality MP3s would be great.
6) An example of the HP printer (a deskjet?) that contains the musical
Easter Egg, operational.
7) Any examples of music made by computer algorithms, remixes by computer,
and so forth. Experimental works are welcome.
8) Any suggestions to expand this. The computers need not be classics, the
music need not be oddball, but the results should be a little on the weird
side (for example, I do not need a Pentium 3 running Protools making
While I am not looking to buy any of these machines, I am looking for
examples that are very reliable, and can travel to New Jersey for a Saturday
morning (probably). Appearance is not important, being this will all take
place in a studio.
There is a very slim chance I can provide the minicomputer, but all my tapes
are lost in limbo, so I doubt it. Being a PDP-8/S, normal PDP-8 music tapes
will not work. There is also a chance I can provide a Minimoog synthesizer,
if someone can provide the microcomputer with D/A cards (for the control
voltages) and some sort of software for making a tune.
So please go and think about this, and tell me what you think, and if you
can contribute. Certainly proper credit will be given to those that can help
out, but sorry, no money. I am not getting paid for this either.
Thank you for your time.
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