Thursday, October 22, 2009

Arlo and Billy and some Superbad White Cars

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I miss the Seventies. These guys knew how to make rock-stardom look cool. And did anyone question their credibility for appearing in a car stereo ad? Hell no.

(via Super Seventies)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Men Who Built The USS Enterprise

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From left: Vern Sion, Mel Keys and Volmer Jensen.

(excerpted from Hemmings Auto Blogs)

You’d have to be a real Trekker to know that the original Enterprise (”No bloody A, B, C, or D!”) model, the 11-footer used for shots in the original series, emerged from the Production Models Shop on Providencia Avenue in Burbank, California, on December 29, 1964. Based on a design by Matt Jefferies and an earlier three-foot proof-of-concept model by the Howard Anderson Company, the construction of the 225-pound model was contracted to Richard Datin, who subcontracted it to Volmer Jensen, Mel Keys and Vern Sion, mostly using wood, sheet metal rolled into tubes (the nacelles) and vacuum-formed plastic (the saucer).

(click here to read the rest of the article at Hemmings Auto Blogs)

(via This Isn't Happiness)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

Here's a great documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop existed from 1958 to 1998. Its purpose was to create sound effects for BBC programs by using tape loops, oscillators, filters, ring modulators, etc. The Workshop was perhaps best known for its contributions to Spike Milligan's Goon Show and to Doctor Who.

For bonus points, take a few minutes to visit Delia Derbyshire's website. (Don't miss the audio clips.) Delia was employed by the Radiophonic Workshop in the 1960's.

I'm only embedding Part 1 so the page loads quicker. Links to all six parts are below:

The Alchemists of Sound, Part 1

The Alchemists of Sound, Part 2

The Alchemists of Sound, Part 3

The Alchemists of Sound, Part 4

The Alchemists of Sound, Part 5

The Alchemists of Sound, Part 6