The Mahler Project

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.

One Response to “The Mahler Project”

  1. Matthew Begg says:

    Brilliant. Just watched the video – nicely done. Just one question: did you consider using the “ZX Net” network system that Sinclair released? It was part of the Interface 1. It may have helped the authenticity of your project using original hardware. Still a real challenge though!

    Matthew Begg
    Creator of the “SpeccyFace” watchface for Pebble smartwatches.

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