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Added by coolcatdaddy (6)
Cover by reelyinteresting (1)

Added on: 29/12/2015

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Discursions: Architecture Machine Group (1983) [MIT]

Country  USA  
Released  ???
Publisher  ???
Price  ???

UPC  ???
Category  Educational

Color  Color and B&W
Length  ???
Sides  2
Chapters  22
Size  12"
Picture  Video
Ratio  1.33:1
Plastic  Transparent
Cover  Standard
Rot status  Low probability [?]
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 Additional Information by coolcatdaddy (6)   05/02/2016 

This disc was released as a demonstration to showcase various projects by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Architecture Machine Group. The projects are various forms of then-new ways to interact with computers and other communications technologies, such as a computer controlled answering machine, voice controlled interfaces for computers, using led lights to animate figures on computer screens, interactive repair manuals, etc. The projects were funded by sponsors such as Atari, NHK Japan, General Motors, and the Department of Defense.

The disc was produced in an unusual way so it can be used interactively - at each chapter stop, the user can press play to show a movie about the project or the back step button to examine a series of stills and text on the project. One chapter has a simultaneous track in Japanese and English; another has a computer generated voice and a human voice in tracks describing the project.

The chapter ArcMac Slidathon is a series of still frames of casual photos of faculty and students involved in the projects. The chapter Digital Data has computer information encoded as video as a demonsration of this type of use of laserdiscs.

A detailed article about the production of this laserdisc was published in Educational and Industrial Television, Vol 16 No. 6 (June 1984), pages 36-40. The article is at http://xenia.media.mit.edu/~barons/pdf/arons_EITV84_discursions.pdf. According to the article, an initial batch of 100 copies of this disc were pressed for an MIT demonstration and another 900 copies were pressed later. The article includes full technical information on how the disc was mastered and a full description of the projects depicted in each chapter.

The chapter stop list is from the jacket cover - on the actual disc, the sides are reversed. The disc includes several blank areas between chapters to allow for "future expansion" by recording additional segments to the disc's videotape master.

Chapter List:

    Side 1
  • 10 Interactive Movie Map
  • 11 Movie Manual
  • 12 Communications News
  • 13 Desk File
  • 14 Talking Heads
  • 15 Zero Bandwidth Video
  • 16 Lip Sync
  • 17 Caricature Generator
    Side 2
  • 20 Phone Slave
  • 21 Put That There
  • 22 Graphical Marionette
  • 23 Archfile
  • 24 Picassofile
  • 25 View Dependent Imaging
  • 26 Stereoscopic Workspace
  • 27 Facemaker
  • 30 Disc Design
  • 31 Digital Data
  • 32 Bibliography
  • 33 Mapping by Yourself
  • 34 ArcMac in Action
  • 35 ArcMac Slidathon