By Scott Billings
Regular readers of Inside MHS Oxford may recall our article about the fulfillment of a 30-year ambition by Matt Westcott: to coordinate an orchestra of ZX Spectrums to perform an excerpt from Mahler’s 1st Symphony. This historic event came off the back of our Geek is Good special exhibition in 2014*, which featured a section about the birth of home computer programming through the likes of the Spectrum and BBC Micro.
Not content with making a small piece of computing history in the Museum of the History of Science, Matt has also made a nice little documentary about it. So now you can relive the moment in all its 8-bit glory.
* The Spectrum symphony itself was part of an event called Geek Out, although in the film I mistakenly describe the exhibition as ‘Geek Out’ rather than ‘Geek is Good’ – apologies to geeks everywhere.