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Musical miscellany - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Musical miscellany
If you lived in Ontario during the late 70s and early 80s, you might have watched Elwe Yost's weekday movie program, Magic Shadows on TVO (the local PBS equivalent). I loved the opening and closing music. If anyone's got the show taped, please let me know! (I may post similar hopeful requests elsewhere.) For years I've occasionally searched the Web hoping to stumble across the music, and I came very close recently. Someone made a Commodore-64 version of the ending music in SID format. (converted to mp3) The same person also did a rendition of The Stationery Ark, but with some artistic license. Incidentally, I believe Elwe Yost's son later went on to write the screenplay for the movie Speed.

How about a few seconds of an enthusiastic but weird musical cover by Klaus Beyer?

And lastly, Ambrose (Part 5), by Linda Laurie. [2:30] ...No, I don't know why either.
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From: pobig Date: February 2nd, 2005 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, Georg Feil's "Synth Sample"! It is too bad that the original music isn't available out there.
pyat From: pyat Date: February 2nd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh. Magic Shadows!
From: momentrabbit Date: February 2nd, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
And then there's Elwy's fiction career..

I think I can blame a number of odd memory fragments on "Billy and the Bubbleship" (aka "The Mad Queen Of Mordra").

What I *really* wish I could pull from the TVO archives in my mind are all those episodes of "Eureka!"...

That, and some of the original "Bits and Bytes" with Luba Goy and Billy Van. :) Good times, good times...
niall_ From: niall_ Date: February 2nd, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
AUUUUUUUUGH!! I just had a CYSTAL CLEAR flashback of Bits and Bytes.. It IS Luba Goy!! Holy.. how did you do this??

Yes. A full DVD of all Eureka shorts is NEEDED, dammit. SO's a DVD of all Write On! episodes. If all grade schools showed those, I gather at least as midgen more people would graduate with reasonable writing and scientific skills...
dronon From: dronon Date: February 2nd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Luba Goy was in Bits & Bytes? I remember Billy Van. Was he in the cheap robot costume for that, or am I confusing it with some other cheap educational series?

Heh. I remember you telling me about how Write On helped you learn your English. For me, the lessons went in one ear and out the other when I watched it. Sad, really.

Eureka, though, that was great. I wonder if commercial tapes were made? I distinctly remember watching it in physics class in high school, so maybe the Toronto Board of Education has some copies kicking around somewhere.

I wish I also had the first season of Read All About It, a couple of bizarre Readalong episodes, and maybe some Will'o The Wisp shorts. :)
From: cjthomas Date: February 2nd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
and maybe some Will'o The Wisp shorts. :)

Favourite episodes: Hooking up "pong" to Evil Edna, and giving the tunnelling moles a magnet to move Edna around with };>.

From: momentrabbit Date: February 3rd, 2005 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup. In the first version of the show, she was filmed in a nicely appointed office giving instructions to Billy Van (no robot costume), who was in an entirely separate room with many different computers. A CBM Pet, Apple IIe, IBM BoatAnchor - all state-of-the-art, mind you - each episode explained another part of computer hardware/software, frequently using very slightly animated shorts with characters who looked an awful lot like the Eureka characters, now that I think about it...

Aha, linkage.

And that explains why Eureka was on my mind.. Grafilm Animation is credited for the animation for Eureka and Bits and Bytes - and Billy Van and Luba Goy did the voices.
From: momentrabbit Date: February 3rd, 2005 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
AUUUUUUUUGH!! I just had a CYSTAL CLEAR flashback of Bits and Bytes.. It IS Luba Goy!! Holy.. how did you do this??

(Modest) Oh, I'm just evil that way. Remember when I reminded you about the "Robotman" special(s)? :D

The full story of Robotman (and Friends!) can be found here, btw.

There was even an alllllbum...
Robotman and Friends LP: A 1985 Canadian record titled "Robotman and Friends - Straight From the Heart. Label: Chordal CIL 00001. Contains 10 tracks by John Woloschuk of the band Klaatu. Produced by Peter Shelley.
porsupah From: porsupah Date: February 3rd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
You might also enjoy Look Around You. (Behold the mighty power of torrents of bits!)

A simple reminder of their educational value can be easily seen from these segment of a periodic table: 1, 2, and 3. (Sadly, new innovations must preempt older works as those, but their main site does have more)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 15th, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Magic Shadows Theme

I've been looking all over for this music too. I've tried download sites, P2P and so on but I haven't come up with anything. I can only remember a few snippets of the opening song but it still brings back a lot of memories. I'd love to know if you find it.
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