Archive for March, 2015

The Mahler Project

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Back in December, a group of intrepid geeks convened at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, for an event named “Geek Out!”, marking the end of the museum’s Geek Is Good exhibition. A fleet of Spectrums was set up in the museum’s basement gallery, for the public to try their hand at some classic Spectrum games.

But this was no ordinary retro-gaming event. These geeks were on a mission to achieve a 30-year-old challenge, laid out in the Spectrum programming manual: to program the ZX Spectrum to play the entirety of Mahler’s first symphony. And to do it with a network of 12 Spectrums.

This is their story.

I present to you: “The Mahler Project” – a short documentary premiered last weekend at the Forever demo party in Slovakia.