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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
The Horus Archive (via Coudal), a 'collection of more than 200,000 amateur snapshots, collected and selected in Budapest by camera-man and film-maker Sandor Kardos'. Sadly there are just 37 of the 200,000 on the site, but some of these are pretty remarkable. The same site has a fine collection of Hungarian photography from the early modern period, like this: Tennis Ball (Jozsef Pecsi, 1932). The historical stuff (taken from the archives of MTI, the Hungarian news agency) is fascinating as well (traffic on Kossuth Bridge next to the Parliament building, 21 December 1946), as Hungary emerged from Nazi occupation only to be under the yoke of the Soviets. Finally, some treasures of the Hungarian Museum of Photography. The parliament building, the House of the Nation, is something to behold. Inspired by our very own Palace of Westminster, it really is a mighty edifice.

Standing Wave is a new documentary film about Delia Derbyshire, doyenne of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Derbyshire had a hand in the seminal Doctor Who theme, long established as the first true piece of techno music and covered by, among others, the recently defunct Orbital (who are selling their gear here). Her music, composed for a variety of BBC shows, used nascent electronics technology in incredibly original ways. Derbyshire, who died in 2001, has her own website, delia-derbyshire.org, complete with mp3s. There's also new music at the Standing Wave site, 'commissioned from six leading composers in response to Delia's own work.' (original link via Black Belt Jones). Mark Ayres has written a comprehensive FAQ on the Doctor Who Theme, which is well worth a read.

3 Notes and Runnin', musicians protest the recent anti-sampling Supreme Court Ruling in the US (via Sachs Report). The site calls for 30 second tunes that use only the debated sample (two seconds of the intro to George Clinton's Funkadelic's "Get off Your Ass and Jam", as 'misused' by NWA in the song '100 Miles and Runnin'' - the site has extracts from them both). (aside, Eazy-E's grave inscription reads: "We Loved Him A Lot But God Loved Him More").

Join the corrugated iron club. Learn all about Nissen huts / Steve Erenberg is the Radio Guy, with a vast collection of beautifully presented broadcast ephemera, all of which is for sale (via memepool). There's also toys, tools and automobilia / signs of the times: K12 crash testing and blast mitigation testing at Metalith.