A Mac in Graffiti Bridge

There’s a Macintosh in Prince’s 1990 Graffiti Bridge movie.
It can be seen twice: at the beginning, during the first scene, and again at the end, during the end titles.

A Mac in Graffiti Bridge 01 zoomIn both instances it is being used by Prince to write and/or edit music. Prince, or rather “The Kid”, the character he plays, keeps the computer in his living quarters located just under the stage of the “Glam Slam”, the club of he is the (fictional) owner in Graffiti Bridge.

Although the Mac is always shown in mid-darkness and the camera closes up only on the screen (more on that later) but it’s clearly a compact Macintosh and considering when Graffiti Bridge was released, in November 1990, the list of possible models is pretty much easy to narrow.

We can immediately cross out the Mac Classic because it was introduced in October of 1990, just one before the movie showed up in theaters. Another model we can exclude is the original Mac, released in 1984, which was too old and frankly too underpowered for a serious musical use. The same is probably true for the “Fat Mac”, from 1985 which just had more RAM memory.

This leaves us just very few choices. Three actually: a Plus, a SE or a SE/30.
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Tuesday 01 March 2011, 2:12 pm
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Apple Corps Vs Apple

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Ten years ago, on the 4th February of 1989 Apple Corps, the Beatles-founded holding company and owner of their record label Apple Records, sued Apple Computer for the second time, seeking unspecified damages, charging that Apple violated the terms of a 1981 trademark coexistence agreement.

Apple Corps logoThis was the result of a 1978 lawsuit against Apple Computer which was settled three years after with US$80,000 being paid to Apple Corps: Apple Computer agreed not to enter the music business while Apple Corps was not to enter the computer business.

But in 1986 Apple added MIDI and audio-recording capabilities to its computers and the suit mentioned these capabilities present in the Mac Plus, Mac SE and MacII, the Apple IIGS and in an upgrade kit for the Apple IIe. Also mentioned as infringing were the AppleCD SC drive and Apple’s MIDI device. Although Apple maintained that it had not violated their agreement, it again decided to settle, in October 1991, paying US$26.5 millions and keeping an eye on possibile future violations since it was prohibited from using its trademark on “creative works whose principal content is music”.
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Monday 02 February 2009, 5:54 pm
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Wendy and Lisa and the Macs

Wendy and Lisa with black MacBook
The Macintosh is an important tool for musicians Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman of Prince fame.

In the last years the artistic duo has been hard at work scoring music for movies and TV shows and Apple products play a substantial role.
An example is the Heroes series soundtrack which is

played entirely by Melvoin and Coleman themselves and is produced on three Intel Macs and a hard drive RAID system.

In the picture -taken from a Heroes “behind the scenes” programme- you can see that while Lisa plays looking at the footage Wendy is using a black MacBook.

Tuesday 13 January 2009, 12:23 pm
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Five years of GarageBand

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iLife con GarageBandIn January, 2004 Apple introduced a new addition to the the iLife software suite, GarageBand.

After a programs for managing music (iTunes), digital pictures (iPhoto), home moviemaking (iMovie) and Dvd creation (iDvd) with iLife 04 it was the turn of a solution that turned a Mac into a professional-quality musical instrument and recording studio thanks to technologies from German software-house Emagic, which Apple acquired in 2002.

Using Apple’s promotional images for media let’s see how GarageBand has evolved in its first five years (and five versions) although, as you can see the official screenshots in the last year stray away from showing the main interface and put the spotlight on specific features that Apple wanted to showcase and promote.

GarageBand (iLife 04): it’s clear how GarageBand belongs to the Logic lineage and the lower section with samples and instruments also resembles Soundtrack, introduced in 2003.
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GarageBand 2 (iLife 05): the main new feature spotlighted here is that the program now “displays and edits musical notation in real time for people who know how to read and write music or want to learn”.
GarageBand 2

GarageBand 3 (iLife 06): the new sidebar and the lower area make it pretty much evident that GarageBand is also “a complete solution for creating professional quality Podcasts”.
GarageBand 06

GarageBand 08 (iLife 08): there are many improvements but Apple chooses to focus on Magic GarageBand, “an easy and fun way for musicians and non-musicians alike to create a song. Users can pick from nine musical genres and interact with a band of “players” on a virtual stage”.
GarageBand 08

GarageBand 09 (iLife 09): Apple transforms GarageBand into a music teaching tool and a lesson marketplace “with 18 basic lessons” for free and “optional lessons from top artists” for sale through the GarageBand Lesson Store.
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Friday 09 January 2009, 10:09 am
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