David Pescovitz at 8:32 pm Sat, Dec 10, 2011
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Found at the "Boombox" entry on Wikipedia, this is a soundystem built from fourteen of the 1980s classic Sharp GF-909 boomboxes. The photo is labeled as from the "Zushi Beach Electro Old School Party 2005."
I still have one in the garage…
Is that the Deathstar?
There is no such thing as FG-909. Those are SHARP GF-777Z’s. They go for around 1k on ebay. I fixed the Wikipedia page for you. Nerd up!
I did indeed transpose the F and the G (should be GF) but the GF-777 is a very similar model that apparently was only sold in Japan.
From the Boombox Museum:
“Now most importantly its other REAL holy grail relative was the GF-909 which was the same GF-777 but it was a production prototype only sold in Japan. The difference was that system’s text was in Japanese and the speakers were all black.”
Also only 13 are visible. The original caption reads Boombox Soundsystem, Zushi Beach Electro Old School Party 2005, Tokyo.
Not bad. The hard part is hitting PLAY on all of those at the same time.
I used to live in a crazy “animal house” style place in Tacoma about ten years ago.
One roommate was a very unique fellow, a serial collector of 70s memorabilia and electronics. He had the whole huge basement to himself.
So, on every wall, there were around 20 big, old, wood case speakers. All different brands, all different sizes, but none less than 3′ tall.
They were all wired together, to play off one powerful amp. The whole basement would reverberate, cups would dance off tables, eardrums would burst. That amp was connected to…a Playstation 1. Yes, the whole crazy setup was driven by a freaking Playstation. It was brilliant.
To make it better, he also had about 5 old oscilloscopes sitting around. All wired up to the music output. The playstation could also be set to show a graphical oscilloscope mode matching the music it was playing. It was of course hooked up to one of those huge ancient wood box TVs from the 70s. So, as the music was going from 20 rattly speakers, it was dancing across 5 different oscilloscopes synchronized perfectly with the TV screen.
Everything around it was festooned with loads of weird old halloween decorations rummaged from thrift stores, and 3″ orange shag carpet.
It was magnificent madness, I miss that place…the stories I could tell!
There is a HiFi purist movement that extols the sonic capabilities of the original Playstation.
You should check out the “Decentralized Dance Party”The DDP is a portable, battery-powered Party System. It was invented by Tom and Gary, two gentlemen from Vancouver. It consists of hundreds of Party people, carrying boomboxes, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM radio transmitter.
All the boomboxes are tuned into the DJ’s master FM broadcast,
resulting in a mobile, synchronized sound system. This portable dance
Party roams the night, generating complete awesomeness, street by street
and block by block, onto buses and subways, into public fountains and
beyond. Inevitably interfacing with the public, together we create an
infectious epidemic of fun. A roaming Party adventure that lasts all
Holy fuckin’ shit that’s one of the coolest ideas I’ve heard in a long time :D
Thanks- she’s been suggested to BB a few times over the years, but no interest thus far…
Well! Glad you mentioned it :D :D :D
That’s pretty much what the Infaders do, A bunch of crazy Dutch party guys (and gals) wearing music rocket-backpacks and one DJ, all mobile, all wireless, all ubercool. :D It was made for Burning Man, and now unleashed in Europe!
Here they ‘infade’ a shopping center: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De7CnTjLANo
Do a search for ‘infaders’ on youtube, they’ve created quite a stir in the Netherlands and Germany (they are a bit activist). Their page: http://www.infaders.nl … :D
HAha awesome- do you know those guys? We’re planning to bring the DDP to Europe in 2012 and should team up!
I think your quotemarks are transposed. It should be: Boombox cluster “soundsystem”.
Finally, to hear Zaireeka as it was intended.
(Oh, and off-topic note for David – in case you haven’t heard about the latest Cinti music scene drama, Southgate House is closing, at least in current form. http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/blog-2690-historic_memories_made_at_the_southgate_house.html )
As a fan of old school electro I demand someone comes forward with a recording from this event.
Ages ago Popular Electronics (long gone) published a project called “Sweet 16″ in which 16 small speakers were mounted on an infinite baffle and covered with speaker cloth. A hifi pioneer heard a demo of one without being told what it was. Asked for his evaluation he said, “You know, it sounds like a bunch of cheap speakers.”
It’s known as a line array and correctly designed and spaced, can produce excellent sound.
If those are actually wired up, then, it would a) sound like crap, since boom boxes did tend to distort pretty bad at volume and b) need a custom built amp designed to handle that many speakers. Methinks it’s really just a set piece.
“since boom boxes did tend to distort pretty bad at volume”
Given the type of music often played through them and the likelihood of (c)rap music coming out of them now, no one will notice. Once your ears start bleeding, the rest is irrelevant.
“It consists of hundreds of Party people, carrying boomboxes,…… onto buses and subways,”
Stick to countries that do not permit carrying of weapons. Some of us do not enjoy having our ears raped by your idea of “music”.
Wow what a buzzkil!
If its too loud your too old!
You posted in a thread clearly about music and audio ephemera and say something like? “Some of us do not enjoy having our ears raped by your idea of “music”
Looks like you need to leave the bus!
Then again, you go onto buses and subways that clearly aren’t about music and audio ephemera and insist that everyone listens to you.
If anything is “Too Old” it’s loud music. I sentence you to a hour of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” on repeat at 120 decibels.
Nice! But try carrying it on your shoulder as you strut down the boardwalk blasting Cameo.
This makes me want pump out some Grandmaster Flash, and drop to the floor breakdancing!
Ow, my back! I’m not as young as I used to. Stupid desk job.
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