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#1 ballyalley OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:15 PM

Over the next few months I'm going to be uploading to YouTube video art programs created on the Astrocade.  I'll post all of the links to them in this thread; this is the first of them.

 

I have uploaded a ten minute video of the Viper Test Pattern by Alternative Engineering.  This is a video art program for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade that was released in 1981. It requires a RAM Expansion and an extended BASIC, such as Vipersoft BASIC or Blue Ram BASIC.  

 

 

I captured this video using my Framemeister setup, which is quite extensive and complicated.  I plan to document it sometime in the next few months.  For now, just know that this video was captured from an Astrocade with RF out.  This video is one of about 60 video art programs that I've recorded over the last few weeks.  The other video art programs were all written in Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC."  The extra colors of this Viper Test Pattern are neat to those who know the limitations of the original Astrocade BASIC cartridges.  That's why I chose to upload this one to YouTube first.

According to The BASIC Express newsletter, "The program puts up a gorgeous ever-changing complex pattern on the screen.  You would swear that 32 different colors are on screen at the same time."  This is a neat program that uses some of the features of extended BASIC (such as the CIRCLE command) and the additional colors that are not available without using machine language from Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC."
 

This video art program was released on a cassette tape with Viper 1 RAM Expansion.  It also appeared in July/August 1981 The BASIC Express newsletter (Vol. 3, Pages 26-27) and the December 1981 Arcadian newsletter (Vol. 4, Page 19).


As I said, over the next few months I'll be uploading additional video art to YouTube.  For now, enjoy one of the precious few videos that shows-off extended BASIC on the Astrocade.

 

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Posted Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:17 PM

The Passing of Stanley "Video Art Master" Kendall
By Adam Trionfo

April 11, 2018

 

Lately, I have been recording Astrocade video art by Stanley Kendall.  He was a paint chemist who wrote programs that were published in the Arcadian newsletter, as well as programs that were passed around with members of the Astrocade community in the 1980s.  He did some really great work (I've been admiring it for weeks now).  Here is a screen grab from his M-III Plus program:

 

m-iii_plus_(stanley_kendall)_Video_Clip.jpg

 

(Remember his video art is animated, so this screenshot of a simple "AstroBASIC" program doesn't do it any justice.)

 

I was wondering if I could find any information about him.  Perhaps I could contact him for an interview, but alas (and not surprisingly), I'm too late.

Based on some help from Ken Lill and Michael White, who both told me a little bit about him (including his approximate age, confirmation of his job and more), I think that I have found Stan's obituary notice.  Stanley lived to be 90 years old (1923 - 2014).  That means he was burning-up the Astrocade's keyboard and learning BASIC when he was 60 years old!  Stan's obituary notice can be read here:

 

http://www.legacy.co...4908&fhid=15928

Here is the majority of the information that is at the above page (followed by notes from me):

STANLEY E. KENDALL
1923 - 2014 Obituary

WAUCONDA - Stanley E. Kendall, age 90, was a resident of Wauconda, IL for 19 years. Stanley was the beloved husband of the late Mary Jane; loving father of Catherine and Margaret (James) Madden; dear brother of the late Mary Lou Hasselmann; fond uncle of many. Stanley was born December 21, 1923 in Chicago and passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at home.

Stanley was a Corporal in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He was a paint chemist and VP of research and development for many years at Dupli-Color Paint Products, until his retirement in 1989. Stanley was also an avid photographer.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Sept. 12, 2014


I'll begin uploading Stanley's video art to YouTube in a month or two.  I'm currently recording program "B-17" (Stan cataloged all of his programs by number).  This program is a 16K Blue Ram BASIC program made up of 50 Line Art subroutines and a master program that allows you to go from one video art program to the next by pressing hand controller #1.  "B-17" is quite lengthy, and some of the random art is damn good; Stan may very well have been the king of video art on the Astrocade!

In a letter, written in BASIC, to Ken Lill, Stan dismisses his work as not being good enough to sell-- he seemed bashful to sell it for even $5.00 at tape.  That's too bad, as it has kept people from seeing his art.  It may have been a long time coming, but eventually those of us who are interested in the Astrocade will get a chance to see it.  Not only that, but the few  early buffs of early computer video art will get a change to look at it too.

Sorry I missed you, Stanley!

Adam



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Posted Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:31 PM

Oh man, I wish I'd heard about this sooner! I would definitely buy a cart for $5 (or today's equivalent) with nothing but awesome animations and test patterns like the above. This would make an awesome homebrew (hint, hint)...



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Posted Thu May 3, 2018 10:20 AM

This is amazing. Great work capturing all of this.



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Posted Mon May 14, 2018 4:16 PM

I have uploaded J-3 3K Art by Stanley Kendall to YouTube.  This is a video art program written for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade in Blue Ram BASIC. It requires at least a 4K Blue Ram expansion. According to comments in the program, it was written on May 28, 1984.

I start off this video with a nine-minute narration which includes an introduction to Stanley's program. It also provides some background material on Mr. Kendall. My narration is accompanied by screenshots from 3K Art. It is followed by about an hour of video from 3K Art running random art of various different kinds. Some of the art includes use of commands such as Circle that are only available in Blue Ram BASIC. The video ends with a listing of the BASIC program and is followed by brief credits.

You can watch the video here:



Please leave comments/feedback on the commentary that I created for this video.  I wasn't sure if I should provide any commentary at all, but the video felt kind of naked when there was none included at the beginning.

 

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Posted Mon May 14, 2018 4:17 PM

This is amazing. Great work capturing all of this.

 

Thanks for the positive feedback.  I've finally added another video art video to YouTube.  Hopefully I'll be able to add one or two a week for quite some time now.

 

Adam



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Posted Mon May 14, 2018 9:28 PM

You're doing great work going down the history of some of these BASIC art programs. Keep it up! Not many early consoles can lay claim to little art demos.

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Posted Sat May 19, 2018 9:27 PM

I have uploaded J-3 3K Art by Stanley Kendall to YouTube.  This is a video art program written for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade in Blue Ram BASIC. It requires at least a 4K Blue Ram expansion. According to comments in the program, it was written on May 28, 1984.

I start off this video with a nine-minute narration which includes an introduction to Stanley's program. It also provides some background material on Mr. Kendall. My narration is accompanied by screenshots from 3K Art. It is followed by about an hour of video from 3K Art running random art of various different kinds. Some of the art includes use of commands such as Circle that are only available in Blue Ram BASIC. The video ends with a listing of the BASIC program and is followed by brief credits.

You can watch the video here:



Please leave comments/feedback on the commentary that I created for this video.  I wasn't sure if I should provide any commentary at all, but the video felt kind of naked when there was none included at the beginning.

 

Adam

 

Man, this is some trippy stuff! Just er, imagine, being back in the 70's or even now and being in a state of mind to really get entranced by watching these. On a woodgrain TV. With a lava lamp on next to it. This is just like the Video Music that Atari put out.



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Posted Mon Jul 9, 2018 3:48 PM

I have created a 2:07 video of "Self-Portrait: A Graphics Demo" by Guy McLimore, Jr.  This was written April 10, 1979.  This programm was typed from a hand-written BASIC listing from an unpublished ARCADIAN submission. This program draws a simple Bally Arcade unit.  This is a 2000 baud BASIC program for use with a Bally Astrocade and "AstroBASIC."

 

This program isn't exactly "video art" (there's no animation), but it's an early example of still art on the Astrocade.

Here is the video on YouTube:



Here is a link to the video on Archive.org:

https://archive.org/...LimoreAstrocade

The video is split into four main parts:

0:00 - Narration and overview of Self-Portrait
0:50 - Self-Portrait (Program Running)
1:15 - Self-Portrait (BASIC Listing)
1:44 - End Credits

Enjoy this short video!

Adam



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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:44 PM

I have created a video overview for "Arcadian Logo" by Guy McLimore from Arcadian 2, no. 1 (Nov. 29, 1979): 3.  This video art program is written in Bally BASIC.
 
Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Logo shown at the head of page one is based on an idea by Guy McLimore, and embellished by myself. If you'd like to see it in action (literally) and in living color, the program is included."
 
Here is a still of the program:
 
Arcadian Color Logo (Guy McLimore)(Astrocade Screenshot)_01.jpg
 
The video can be watched on YouTube, here:
 

 
You can also download or stream the video from the Internet Archive, here:
 
https://archive.org/...Video10Mbps720p
 
This short, four minute video is broken down into a few parts:
 
0:00 - Overview of Arcadian Logo
2:51 - Arcadian Logo Running
3:26 - BASIC Listing
3:50 - End Credits
 
Enjoy!
 
Adam

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Posted Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:46 PM

I have added a semi-video art program called "Ring" by Albert Paul.  It appeared in CURSOR, 1, no. 4 (April/May 1980): 31. The program looks like this:

01_Ring_Snapshot.png
 
The Cursor says:
 
Many thanks to Albert Paul of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the following program.  Note: to make the ring sticker or thinner, change the value of "N" (line 2).  To make the ring larger or smaller, change the value of "M" (line 20). "M" must always be larger than "N."
 
The video can be watched on YouTube, here:
 

 
You can also download or stream the video from the Internet Archive, here:
 
https://archive.org/...ArcadeAstrocade

The BALLY BASIC and "AstroBASIC" versions of RING were typed in from the CURSOR newsletter using various program archiving tools such as PRG2TXT, TXT2PRG and KCS.
This short, three minute video is broken down into a few parts:
 
0:00 - Overview of Ring
1:26 - Ring Running
2:28 - BASIC Listing
2:40 - End Credits
 
This program isn't really video art, but it points the way for other programs: use BASIC's graphics to make cool-looking stuff!
 
Have fun!
 
Adam

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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:20 PM

I have created a video overview of Chicago Loop by Mike Peace, which appeared first as a Bally BASIC program in the Cursor newsletter in March 1980 on page 21.  This program was slightly revised and re-printed in 1981 for "AstroBASIC" in the on page 88 of the "AstroBASIC" Manual

This program incorporates the use of three loops to provide a unique display of graphics looking very much like a city on a lake, complete with reflections, traffic and sound effects.

You can watch this video on YouTube, here:



You can watch or download this video from Archive.org, here:

https://archive.org/...ePeaceAstrocade

The video is broken in different parts:

0:00 - Chicago Loop Titles
0:05 - Overview of Chicago Loop
5:41 - Chicago Loop Running
8:15 - Chicago Loop BASIC Listing
8:34 - End Credits

This is a great example of a very short program that takes advantage of Bally BASIC's graphic commands.

Have fun!

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Posted Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:35 PM

I added Lace Curtain by Fred Cornett, which appeared as a Bally BASIC program in the Cursor newsletter in March 1980 on page 21.  This video art program will also run in "AstroBASIC," but there is some screen corruption on the screen.

Here is a link to the YouTube video:



You can also watch or download the video from Archive.org:

https://archive.org/...ornettAstrocade

This program puts up four colors at the same time. By changing the values using of the ports using POKE command then you can get five colors.  This program accompanied a short article called "Screen Format Output Ports."  It begins "If you wish to put more than 2 colors onscreen simultaneously (while using TINY BASIC) without resorting to machine language, it can only be done by formatting the screen. Port '&(9)' is the "Horizontal Blanking Register." By setting this port to various values, it will do a number of things: vertically split the screen and put up screen borders."  Lace Curtain is an example of using these techniques to make random video art made up of various patterns of dots.

0:00 - Lace Curtain Titles
0:05 - Overview of Lace Curtain
2:45 - Lace Curtain Running while overview continues
4:52 - Lace Curtain BASIC Listing
5:25 - End Credits

This program is only four lines long, yet it's one of my favorite simple video art programs for the Astrocade!

Enjoy!

Adam







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