Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Alternative distributions

I'm fascinated by using vinyl to do more than record music - and by ways of distributing information that have (almost) been forgotten.

According to this Slashdot thread and comments, John Logie Baird recorded 30 line video onto 78rpm records in 1928 as part of his research into early television broadcasting. Then there were records released in 70s and 80s that contained computer programs as part of the audio. In the early 80s software was distributed on acetate records in magazines. (Around the same time both television and radio broadcast computer programs that could be taped and used on your computer). And now Beige Records' The 8-Bit Construction Set, where the "inside tracks are audio data which can be dubbed to cassette tape and booted in your respective atari or commodore 8-bit computers".



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