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Backed up From YouTube and Daily Motion. New York City...see the sights and figure out..puzzles. You are a tourist in this game, roaming around a randomly generated New York City....yes and you have to perform various tasks in order to complete your holiday. I got so lost in this game I didn't know what I was doing.
Do you remember the Commodore 64? Do you play the game Minit? Well, just like peanut butter and chocolate, they are finally coming together. Say hello to pop culture in a minute.
#Commodore64 #Minit #Ports
As one of the best selling computers of all-time, the Commodore 64 found it's way into many homes across the planet, perhaps serving more as a complex game system more than a home or business operations machine. One of the most recognizable titles to grace the system was The Last Ninja. Here's the track from the Wastelands, presented in SID Stereo.
I spent many hours programming Commodore64 pattern generation routines in the 1980's
This program is called Zen Bars and was inspired by the illustration on page 219 of the book "Art of the Twentieth Century" by Albert Schug, Harry N. Abrams, New York. The photo is of the front facade of the "Relief on the City Theater of Gelsenkirchen" The relief was made of horizontal bars of steel in a seemingly random arrangement. The architect was Werner Ruhnau.
When I saw the photo, I knew I could write a program to generate collections of a random number of random length horizontal bars. This is the result. I worked for 2, or 3 years on this program and the idea spawned the similar programs "Digital Trees" and "Bead Curtin" (part of the video "The Glass Bead Game").
I miss programming in BASIC, but the C64 seems painfully slow, and primitive, today. I still remember sitting in my livingroom watching simple programs like this on my TV set and feeling very futuristic. Of course, that was before the internet,windows 3.1,the cell phone, digital HD and youtube -- EVERYTHING seemed a lot more BASIC.
The placement, color, and length of the bars is dictated by random number probabilities. The time length of the display loop is a constant unit of time.
I love to run this program on the C64 and just watch the different designs, all unique. The calming and restful nature of the piece inspired the name "Zen Bars." The timing is the natural speed of the Commodore 64 processor refreshing one screen character at a time. Beauty.
I sent a copy of the program to Commodore64 magazine, but they declined to publish it.
The song was composed on the Korg 01-w and is called "Intermission Music, too" from the CD "Music for Daydreams" by Bill Schaeffer, available at www.cdbaby.com
video copyright (c) 1988, 2008, 2010, 2011 William A. Schaeffer
Algorithmic Commodore64 Graphics
Algorithmic "Disko" music
with new and improved end credits and correct spelling
From 1984 till 1988 I experimented with pattern generation programs written for the Commodore64 personal computer. In the early 1980's this was an amazing machine and Commodore64 ruled the nerdscape. This video consists of five of my favorite routines set to music recorded at the CERL PLATO Music research project, Univeristy of Illinois, in 1985.
The music "Disko" is generated in realtime and was recorded on Beta Max hi-Fi. The routine would play infinitely once started, and this sample is from my cd "PLATO Computer Music 1986" available at www.cdbaby.com
These programs were real fun to write and I am lucky they still exist, so I can upload them to youtube.
Long live the Commodore64
Long live BASIC
Long live PLATO
Long live Tutor
The title "The Glass Bead Game" is an homage to the ideas in the Book by Herman Hesse by the same name. ALSO the little round dots of the fourth animation always reminded me of colored jewels, or glass beads, mounted in a celestial breastplate and lit from within. The first animation is called "Bead Curtain", and from there, with a little cybernetic reasoning, it was only a short step to the idea of "The Glass Bead Game."
Someday there really will be a true glass bead game played worldwide over "the network" and the winners will work to improve the game for the good of all humanity. And eventually, it will preserve the accumulated knowledge of all cultures during the final tribulations and then later during the dark ages...
But for now, we play with basic if then else routines on our living room floor and just wait...
The program probably should be called Digital Sticks, or Digital Twigs, because these tree trunks have no branches. But it was named Digital Trees and it is too difficult to change it now.
The idea is that in a forest, you really only see the tree trunks and the ground cover and the canopy of leaves overhead.
These are the three elements that are highly abstracted into this stylized pattern generation routine 1) ground, 2) trunks, 3) leaves.
The design parameters are all based on random number possibilities and the program could run forever generating endlessly different, but all quite similar, patterns.
This pattern is an extension and enhancement of the algorithm in "Zen Bars"
The music is called "Intermission Music" and was inspired by a request from Bill Ohanesian for a theater production he was directing. The whole story is somewhat sad and amusing and now it happened a long time ago. The play was called "Someone to watch over me" and featured the song by the same name. Bill wanted me to make an audio recording of that song to use as intermission music. Unfortunately, I didn't really like the song and just recorded THIS music instead. Curiously, I thought this would work much better.
Well, Bill was on vacation in Washington DC and became ill. He required hospitalization and could not travel back to Los Angeles. He had to miss the entire run of the play. I gave the recording to the shows producers, but they were not happy with it, so they did not use it for intermission music. The play was produced and I went to see it. A fun, and memorable performance under difficult circumstances. I can now play the song "Someone to watch over me" on piano, but it is still not a personal favorite.
This song "Intermission Music" can be found in the collection of recordings on "Music for Daydreams" by Bill Schaeffer and is available on itunes and at www.cdbaby.com
Zen Bars II (and Ch 4. "How to Hypnotize" )
"Complete Hypnotism, Mesmerism,
Mind-Reading, and Spiritualism"
by A. Alpheus, 1903
Chapter 4 - How to Hypnotize
read by Matthew Westra
video copyright (c) 2017
Zen Bars II
generated by Commodore64
software "Zen Bars"
written in Commodore64 Basic
by William Schaeffer
copyright (C) 1988
audience applause SFX by
"You are getting very sleepy"
"You can breath freely"
"You are in perfect health and fitness"
"You have an excellent memory and a good ear"
"You are getting very sleepy"
"You are feeling magnanimous and generous"
"Make a contribution to this channel: Atwaterpub"
"When I count to ten you will wake up and remember nothing."
The Monroe doctrine by Jame Monroe
read by James Christopher
Commodore64 art "Fixed Dots"
programmed in Commorore64 Basic
by william Schaeffer
copyright (c) 1988
video copyight (c) 2017
Xavier (a Sun Conure parrot)
courtesy E. Ichihara
copyright (c) 2017
Dots - Commodore 64 Art
copyright (c) 2016 William Schaeffer
minimalist programming experiment with Commodore 64. It is funny to think that something so trivial and obvious as this program DOTS is actually difficult to emulate for the common consumer today.
Why is there no standard programming language? We have building codes, plumbing codes, communication protocol, Broadcast restrictions, driving laws, air safety requirements, dumping garbage regulations. WHY IS THERE NO STANDARD PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE CONVENTION?
In fact, there is no standard programming language at all. Why is this?
The Wayfarer by Stephen Crane
video copyright (c)2017
written in Commodore64 Basic
by William Schaeffer
copyright (c) 1988
The wayfarer, by Stephen Crane
Perceiving the pathway to truth,
Was struck with astonishment.
It was thickly grown with weeds.
"Ha," he said,
"I see that none has passed here
In a long time."
Later he saw that each weed
Was a singular knife.
"Well," he mumbled at last,
"Doubtless there are other roads."
Origin of Life - retimed
The Origin of Life
Commodore64 pattern generator.
Copyright (c) 1986 William A. Schaeffer
Special thanks to David New, Mark Stevens, Charles Darwin, COCO the Clown..
In 1986, David New loaned me the TR-707 Drum machine to play the soundtrack. I composed the music on the sequencer in the drum machine.
I wrote the graphics program on the Commodore 64 that drew boxes around randomly placed seed points. I spent a whole weekend recording various samples, and then spent a couple months editing the samples by hand on 3/4 inch U-Matic. There is a general theme of the evolution of multi celled organizms from the original spark of life, but mostly this video is just interesting, randomly generated, abstract geometries to look at.
Some fanciful descriptions:
"Commodore64 Pattern Generation Taxonomy of results presented for your analysis."
"Rectilinear impression of Mitochondriacal effects in the 2-D rainbow world of enharmonic illusion."
"Mitosis leads Meiosis and plant forms yield colonies in the continual dance of life."
"Look at the pretty colors." - Anon.
The audio and video were digitally restored from different original source tapes. When the video was re-edited, the timing of the two restored tracks was slightly off. At the time, I was reluctant to work on this piece any more and just left it "as is."
I have edited the video to synchronize with the audio and the timing is much better now.
Coming soon ...