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[Audio] Blockdown Party, 25 April 2020 – Morning Session Highlights

On Saturday 25th April 2020, teletexters from around the universe gathered in the Teletext Discord to make beautiful data together. Dozens of artists collaborated using browser-based teletext software to submit over 100 pages to the dedicated Chunkytext server.

Teletext archaeologist Tom begins this handy highlights package with a few of his favourite recoveries, before artist Steve Horsley drops in to to discuss his top secret techniques for hiding character codes.

In the second half, the brown carpet is rolled out for Paul ‘Biffo’ Rose, who fields a variety of questions from Discord. Why did Turner The Worm end on a cliffhanger? And what’s the deal with those weird My Parents Are Aliens episodes?

Direct download: Teletext Blockdown Party 2020-04-25 Morning Session Highlights (57mb)

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0:00 Tom talks about his VHS-Teletext recoveries
11:00 Horsenburger discusses held graphics: teletext’s dark art
32:00 Old teletext pages and copyright
34:00 Mr Biffo interview: teletext as an art medium, Turner the Screw, My Parents Are Aliens and more

Participants in this episode: Dan, Alistair Cree (ZXGuesser), Peter Kwan, Tom41, David Walford, Steve Horsley (Horsenburger), Paul Rose (Mr Biffo), Polyducks


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Dan Farrimond

Teletext artist and head mad scientist at the UK Teletext Art Research Lab (TARL). | hello [at] teletextart (dot) co *dot* uk |

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