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Telecommunications Opera

The Washington Apple Pi telecommunications system (TCS) is known for many things, not the least of which is the incomparable Telecommunications Opera. First performed in Rockville, MD, under the direction of maestro J. Thomason in English, Danish and Krrkit (the indiginous language of Antarctica), the opera spans the entire tumultuous history of personal computer telecommunications, from its birth in the garage to its modern home in the closet. In this scene, the power and passion of telecommunications pioneering burst forth in a trilling solo, bracketed by transitional music provided by the chorus.

Technical problems caused by the ventilation system prevented clear recordings (similar problems prompted the extensive rennovation of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC), but a short clip of one of the arias is available in QuickTime format (495K).

(Photo Copyright 1997 by Jon C. Thomason; taken with a Connectix QuickCam)


June 5, 1998 lic