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This 1968 short shows some of the ways that Bell Laboratories scientists used computers in communications research. The film contains sequences of computer-generated movies, photographs, music and speech. The entire score and main title and credits of the film were produced on a computer - which seems like nothing today, as every film and video in modern production makes its way through a machine - but at the time this was radically early for computer graphics and music.

This film specifically documents the output of an early text-to-speech program. Cecil Coker worked on this project, which is an articulatory synthesis program.

(Film by Ken Knowlton)
NOTE: The film is silent, but still great. This film explains how the computer scientists and mathematicians at Bell Labs created early computer graphics films, like most (though not all) of these films, made by Bell Labs employees E.E. Zajac, A. Michael Noll, Ken Knowlton, Frank Sinden, and many others. A Computer Technique..., from 1964, gives the basics on the process, from Ken Knowlton's BEFLIX programming language for a raster-scan (bitmap) output, to the hardware details (IBM 7094 mainframe, Stromberg-Carlson 4020 microfilm printer). Footage Courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ


Ben said...

yes! i love this archive. your suuns video is great!

Sabrina Ratté said...

Thanks Ben!