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The ICT 1301 Resurrection Project.


Audio Files from the Project


The Sound of a 1960's Mainframe

We are very lucky to have a set of sound files donated by Andy Keene, a former owner of Flossie:-


So Ladies and Gentelmen, may we present
Flossie Plays Surbiton



These files are available here as MP3 or Low Resolution (WMA) Audio files,
Decide which is for you and then click the links below to download:-

TitleMP3WMA
FormatFormat
Bach_GavotteMP3WMA
Happy_daysMP3WMA
Green_SleevesMP3WMA
TonightMP3WMA
Away_in_a_mangerMP3WMA
We_3_kingsMP3WMA
Silent_nightMP3WMA
Holly_and_the_ivyMP3WMA
God_Rest_yeMP3WMA
ding_dong_merrilyMP3WMA
TitleMP3WMA
TitleMP3WMA
TitleMP3WMA


I trust you find these interesting, more files will be added as they are converted.
Andy also included the preparation of the recording session, so here is the startup sequence for those who want to hear the whole thing.

Setting up in SURBITON (WMA)


The Music Compiler

Although there were several card packs that would play music, my own favoutite was
ARNIE'S COMPLIER.
This allowed the coding of sheet music.

This was quite something on an elderly 1960's computer, the 1301 had limited speed and so resolution of notes was hard to achive. However by using some clever timimg loops the program worked well, and even suppoted the playing of triplets ( just about ).

But who was Arnie ? does any one know who wrote this package ?


More odd Sounds

The running of the machine with the audio monitor turned on gave the busy opperator ongoing feedback that all was well whilst they loaded paper, or moved trolleys of magnetic tapes to and from the tape library rooms.

So it is no surprise that some of the NOISES that came from the speaker were well known

Here is a well known sound made by a group of multiply functions, which produced quite a spooky sound

A short Sound file of the GHOST code running (WAV)

When you turned the machine in the morning, the sound of the drum's running up was quite unique, as the powerful three phase motors tried to spin a heavy drum up to full speed.
The thing I always remember is the hovering of the sound at just about the limit of perception.

A short Sound file of the drum running up (WAV)



















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