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Computer Subcultures Conference + Film

It has been quite around this project in the past weeks – for a particular reason. Together with Julia Erdogan and Markku Reunanen, I’m organising an international scholarly conference on the history of digital subcultures and their place in society in the age of early home computing.

The conference will take place on March 24-25, 2017, at the University of Zurich in the Collegium Helveticum. We’ll have a diverse programme with speakers from Finland, Germany, the US, the Czech Republic, Poland, Greece and Switzerland. You can check out the two-day programme here. Attendance is free for all, yet you should pre-register due to limited seats.

On the evening of March 24, at 7pm, there will be a film screening. We’re happy to host the premiere of Konstantin Stürz’s new documentary on the early days of the cracking and demo scene – featuring interviews with Bacchus, Irata, E$G, Ziphoid and other well-known C64 & Amiga scene veterans. The director will be present to discuss the documentary with the audience. The screening will take place in the main university building, lecture theatre KOL-F-118, and is free for all to attend – the more show up, the better!

And when all this is over, there will be more scans posted here again…

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Merry Christmas From “Got Papers?”… and Pete & Jamie!

The first year of Got Papers? is coming to an end, and it’s time to thank all contributors to this project. A staggering 431 items have been scanned, categorised, and uploaded since the launch in April, and about three times the amount of artifacts is still waiting to be processed – which will hopefully happen quicker than before, not only due to our volunteers, but also thanks to Gargaj/Conspiracy, who just developed a metadata processing tool for us as an early Christmas present. The credit for the overwhelming amount of materials must go to 49 contributors from all over Europe – sceners who have searched in their basements, wardrobes, and attics for long-forgotten materials and made an effort to share them with us. Thank you!

2016 will be an exciting year for the project – most importantly because we have just received an absolutely stunning donation. Skylab & General Zoff, two C64 pirate veterans from the 1980s, mostly known for their group The Movers, gave us their complete archive for scanning – over 500 pages of intro sketches, stickers, sourcecode snippets, software lists, scrolltext drafts, paper magazines, and, most importantly, hundreds of private letters from sceners all over the world, received by these two teenagers between 1986 and 1989. To provide a sneak preview into these materials, we give you today a Christmas card [metadata] sent over 25 years ago to Zoff & Skylab by another 1980s cracking and swapping duo – Pete & Jamie a.k.a. Thor & Zeus of the legendary British C64 group Teesside Cracking Service. So, we only need to repeat what they wrote back then: “Have a great time at christmas & new year guyz!” (and “girlz”, we may add).  See you in 2016!

Ultimate C64 Scene Mag Archive – Update 10

Our partner site, the mags.c64.org archive, has just released update #10 of its “Ultimate C64 Scene Mag Archive”. The update contains 2 GB worth of C64 scene magazines which Jazzcat/Onslaught, who runs the archive, accumulated over the past years and which were not available on the Internet up to now. A tremendous C64 history preservation effort! Included are several paper magazines as well, some of which have been preserved through “Got Papers?”. You can download the archive update here.

Volunteers Wanted!

Since its launch in April 2015, “Got Papers?” saved nearly 200 artifacts from the mid-1980s to the present from sceners‘ shelves, basements and attics, scanned them in high resolution, supplied them with metadata, and put them on ftp.scene.org to be preserved for future generations of sceners and scene researchers alike.

The problem, however, is that there are about just as many artifacts waiting to be processed and categorised, and there is more and more coming in every week. As much as I am thrilled about the fact that the project evoked such a massive response, it turns out that it’s quite hard to maintain it as essentially a one-man-project, and this is why I’m wondering whether there are any volunteers that would like to help me in this undertaking.

The task would be to process and categorise digitised images, do research on them via the existing demoscene databases, enter the available info into a metadata sheet, and rename the files according to a particular system.

The ideal persons would

• have a deep interest in the preservation of scene history across platforms;
• have at least basic knowledge of scene history on some of the main platforms;
• be familiar with the most important scene databases (Demozoo, Pouet, CSDb, Kestra Bitworld, Mags.c64.org);
• possess good English skills in writing;
• have some free time on their hands and be able to stick to commitments agreed upon (you take over responsibility over only as many images as you think you can manage, but if you do, please try to get them done in time).

Even while the project is officially endorsed by a university, unfortunately there is no funding involved (yet), neither for me, nor for any other participants. However, you will, of course, be listed on the website as part of the team, and generations of sceners will be thankful for your contribution to preserving their history.

If you are able and willing to help, please do get in touch.

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Se7en Collection

After the “News” issue, here is the rest of what Se7en/Digital Excess provided us with. Fascinating materials, including some little-known 1980s copyparties, scene karaoke lyrics, and probably the oldest known demoparty votesheet.

• Hope magazine votesheet, 1997 [link]
• Script magazine votesheet, 1991-1992 [link]
• Padua singalong sheet from Mekka^Symposium 1998 C64 compo [link]
• Event Party 1989 invitation flyer [link]
• Level 21 Copyparty 1989 invitation flyer [link]
• Maniacs & Psygon Copyparty 1989 invitation flyer [link]
• Mekka^Symposium 1997 invitation flyer [link]
• Tropic Party 1990 votesheet [link]
• Extasy-Acid Cooperation swap letter form (1989) [link]

First feedback / resources

Firstly, let me say that I’m completely overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response that came in within the few days the project has been online. We have already received a wealth of materials, and many more are scheduled to come in. Expect to see more scanned goods already within the next days! And please, do not hesitate to get in touch if you have something to share.

In the meantime, I have added a “Resources” section, listing other repositories on the web that feature digitised scene-related materials, as well as a selection of the most useful databases keeping track of the scene’s “born-digital” artefacts.

Finally I would like to point out that we have a page on Facebook, so if you would like to see newly digitised scene materials in your timeline, make sure to “like” it.