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RE: Would love your input, stories
Don't know what happened there in message mangling - kind of recursive, a
message being subverted by the mail list software.
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> Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 04:50:57 +0000
Also with the lost of Windows 3.1 - I still have Brian Eno's album
for Koan (as a floppy disc
www.discogs.com/Brian-Eno-Generative-Music-I/release/1452850) that I
can't play any more. It's not like having an old 8-track you can't play,
because the brilliant thing about that album was you could listen to the
record unfold over days.
I also lost a ton of software when Mac went from PowerPC to Intel.
From: email@example.com Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:01:25 +0800
Subject: Mourning DOS Re: Would love your input, stories
I have felt left behind by a technological rapture several times. So much
wonderful DOS software stopped working with Windows 95 - I particularly
felt the loss of RAVEL, MusicBox and Sound Globs.
Jim Binkley's RAVEL system - a dedicated parallel language that only ran
on an MPU-401. I remember having an extra-large laptop so I could run and
MPU-401 in it. I have kept a 1992 Pentium running DOS 6 since then just to
use it (even though I moved on to things like PureData) Here is stuff
about RAVEL ftp://ftp.cs.uu.nl/pub/MIDI/DOC/ravel.doc (it's not a doc,
it's a text file you can read in your browser). People like Warren Burt
used RAVEL in the 80s
Jon Dunn's MusicBox, which let me play with a pretend hardware sequencer I
couldn't afford long before such things were commonplace
http://www.algoart.com/musicbox/algmbox.html It evolved into the Kinetic
There was another one - SoundGlobs? - had temperament setting so you could
write 19-tone algorithmic stuff. You could program in a Gamelan, or
automate a Raga machine. Yes, it
sounded truly awful by today's standards, but it had a kind of magic to
It stopped working an age ago Funny how with time using the old box has
come to be almost a performance practice thing, like playing a harpsichord
or a viol da gamba. I have an oriiginal Roland U-110 MT-32 and things
like that. I know I could do more and more easily with an iPad, but I
love how I can make it do what I want (the old DOS computer).