Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Game-changing computer demo captured in new show - San Jose Mercury News

A "multimedia musical production" tribute
"In the span of 100 minutes on Dec. 9, 1968, Douglas Engelbart became a tech legend.

The inventor and engineer unveiled such revolutionary inventions as the computer mouse, hyperlinks and the video teleconference during a presentation that would come to be known as "the mother of all demos." Not only did it dazzle its assembled audience at San Francisco's Fall Joint Computer Conference, it also shaped the course of human-computer interaction.

More than 40 years later, when avant-garde composer Ben Neill stumbled on a story of the groundbreaking speech, he was struck by how theatrical it seemed. Now Engelbart's big day is the inspiration for "The Demo," a multimedia piece blending electronic music, performance and video. It makes its world premiere Wednesday and Thursday as part of the Stanford Live performance series."
Game-changing computer demo captured in new show - San Jose Mercury News
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