Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Radiohead's 'Nude' remixed using vintage computing gear


Big Ideas (don't get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.

Radiohead recently held an online contest to mix the song "Nude" from their new album (my favorite was Thomas Dolby's ethereal rendition). James Houston's version was by far the most interesting from a retro perspective. He used vintage computing hardware including a Sinclair ZX Spectrum (rhythm & lead), Epson LX-83 dot matrix printer (drums), HP Scanjet 4c (bass) and a hard drive array to mangle vocals and effects.

He explains, "This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set. This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest. Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition to find out how people would approach such a challenging task."

"It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to," he concludes. [thanks, Michael!]

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