[SIGCIS-Members] Broadcast software in the UK

James Sumner james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk
Sat Apr 22 03:59:56 PDT 2017


Thanks, Joly. Was interested to learn from that Kotaku piece about 
software broadcasts on local radio, where enthusiasts could become more 
closely and directly involved than they could with the national-level 
stations' output.

For anyone who's interested in broadcast software more generally, it's 
covered in Frank Veraart's paper "Basicode: co-producing a microcomputer 
Esperanto" in /History of Technology/ 28 (2008), which mentions the 
involvement of various European broadcasters (including, in the UK, BBC 
Radio 4, which scheduled early-morning data transmissions to accompany 
its computing show /Chip Shop/).

There were even limited attempts at similar approaches on British TV in 
the 80s. Channel 4's show /4 Computer Buffs/ experimented with screening 
data to be picked up by a photoreceptor:

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9907510

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7O5EXtN94PIC&pg=PA214&lpg=PA214&dq="4+computer+buffs"

http://www.offthetelly.co.uk/oldott/www.offthetelly.co.uk/index7943.html?page_id=568

The story of Automata, the firm that produced Pimania, is also 
fascinating. Tom Lean's 2016 book /Electronic Dreams/ has an interview 
with presiding genius Mel Croucher among its most revealing sources, and 
Croucher himself last year produced a book on the development of the 
firm's most extraordinary production, 1984's /Deus Ex Machina/.

Best
James

On 22 Apr 17 11:20, Joly MacFie wrote:
>
> Story today on the Pimania video game for ZX Spectrum
> https://theconversation.com/how-punk-and-thatcherism-came-together-in-the-surreal-zx-spectrum-pimania-craze-74866
>
> leads to a more detailed one on the history of 'broadcast' software in 
> the UK
> http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2014/10/13/people-used-download-games-radio
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