Archaeology of the recent past, revisited

Embedding traces of one technology into another rarely takes obsolescence into account. Back in the early 1980s, a small number of music acts used the then prevalent technology of the time, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, as a conduit for a very early form of multimedia as bands slipped in games and what one might call applications onto the end of their albums. This post on the ZX Spectrum and rock, Satanic Messages in the computer era, at The World Won’t Listen, reminded us of the genre.


From the comments we are directed to’s even more exhaustive list of such Vinyl Data: ‘there were a handful of records released in the late 70?s and early 80?s that contained computer programs as part of the audio. This is totally insane, and totally great’. Includes the Thompson Twins adventure game (‘The Twins have just drowned in the inviting blue water…. Another game (y/n)?’). Or play the Stranglers’ Aural Quest (‘two policemen insist that you are something to do with the Stranglers and must leave the country’) / Kempa is full of fascinating things like these covers from Chicago’s New City magazine from the 1990’s / related, probably, our thanks to Coudal for the kind words.


HRP-4C dances and sings her way into the Uncanny Valley. Robots just shouldn’t have hair / the Brando bluetooth keyboard has a hint of the Spectrum about it. Useful perhaps for Marvin or ZXdroid / the z80-based laptop, a project at Retroleum (strapline, ‘Eight bits should be enough for anyone…’) / related, all about the Zilog Z80, one of the most successful processors ever made / watch films from the past, including London in 1926, at this me-fi post / related, the Shorpy community, a treasure trove of vintage photographs.


Some Things Last a Long Time, a tumblr / Words and Pictures, the illustration program blog at Parsons The New School for Design / ‘Cabe-ism is not meant as a compliment‘ / The Death of Tintangel, a collaborative play / Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution, fine arts. Sometimes quite nsfw / UN v.20, a site documenting ‘nomadic and alternative lifestyles’.

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  2. Alex Gore says:

    Ohhh the 80’s. What a fun time

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