In the 70s, You Bought an Apple II to Code Crazy Graphics Yourself, So Why Not in 2012? [TV Ad]

Here’s a terrific vintage Apple II ad – one that might inspire some readers of this site to go eBay an Apple II for their next VJ gig. (Hey, it has analog video out built in, something a modern Apple … doesn’t.) Of course, what’s telling is that when this ad was made, in 1977, buying an Apple II was not about getting an ecosystem of pre-built software. Most of the examples assume you’re coding what you’re seeing yourself. Sure enough, pick up a vintage computer manual, and it more or less skips into coding right away, typically in BASIC. …

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HP48 Graphing Calculator as MIDI Keyboard

It’s hard to write the first line of this, because in this case any reference to Kraftwerk’s “Pocket Calculator” is wildly redundant. This is a calculator. He is the operator. This is a real, working HP48 graphing calculator playing MIDI events. You can go, like, graph stuff with it afterwards, do some Calculus. And we can thank a few people responding in a mobile music poll on this site for making it happen. Andrew Turley, who has previously built a microfiche MIDI machine (thus making his way through arcane academic equipment as MIDI controllers), describes the project: This is a …

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