Viva Amiga Documentary Celebrates ‘The Best Damn Computer In The World’

Viva Amiga is a documentary that covers the origin of the Amiga computer, as well as its survival and use in chiptune and other types of music.

It’s now available on a variety of platforms, including Amazon and iTunes

Summary:

In a world of green on black, they dared to dream in color.

1985: An upstart team of Silicon Valley mavericks created a miracle: the Amiga computer. A machine made for creativity. For games, for art, for expression. Breaking from the mold set by IBM and Apple, this was something new. Something to change what people believed computers could do.

2016: The future they saw isn’t the one we live in now. Or is it?

From the creation of the world’s first multimedia digital art powerhouse, to a bankrupt shell sold and resold into obscurity, to a post-punk spark revitalized by determined fans. Viva Amiga is a look at a digital dream and the freaks, geeks and geniuses who brought it to life.

And the Amiga is still alive.

via Guru Meditation

14 thoughts on “Viva Amiga Documentary Celebrates ‘The Best Damn Computer In The World’

    1. If you take a look at the legacy of what the Amiga created, especially in the world of desktop video, I would say it did change the world. Also, we gotta get people excited, after all. Welcome to Hollywood, baby! 😉

  1. The Amiga 2000 with the Video Toaster was the first step in making professional video production available to a broad group of users. It changed a lot of people’s worlds.

  2. Amiga 500 was great (also all other models). Sadly, they (or Commodore) missed it to continuing developement for a new groundbreaking model. The A1200/4000 were nice, but not good enough. At this time, if you compared all the capabilities of the OS with MSDOS, the Amiga just outplayed it. Multitasking and … the exec library alone including the CPU which had a better command set and memory management. About the Movie. There’s another great and much longer one: Bedrooms to Billions – The Amiga Years. If you grew up with the Amiga, a must-have-seen and fantastic movie.

  3. Fastracker and Speedball 2 were my favorite uses of the Amiga 500. Although it wasn’t the only tracker, it was my first introduction into sequencers scrolling up instead of sideways! Fantastic Computer!

  4. What about its older brother?
    The C64 , the most produced computer in history (same model done the same way)
    It did big, and even today parts of it are still going (look up the SID chip)

  5. But the Atari ST had built in MIDI ports so was better, this is a musicians site right?! OK I admit it, I really wanted an Amiga but couldn’t afford it. There are some really good emulations out there so happy to admire in retrospect. Music tech has come a long way since I bought a sampler cartridge for my ST.

  6. The AMIGA SID Commodore & the original chip set OCS, was ground breaking, back in the day for electronic musicians. Still music being made with those sounds today.

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