Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Paperwork Explosion

In 1967, Jim Henson [of Muppets fame] was contracted by IBM to make a film extolling the virtues of their new technology, the MT/ST, a primitive word processor. The film would explore how the MT/ST would help control the massive amount of documents generated by a typical business office. Paperwork Explosion, produced in October 1967, is a quick-cut montage of images and words illustrating the intensity and pace of modern business. Henson collaborated with Raymond Scott on the electronic sound track. Lovely.

2 comments:

earthrid said...

You can enjoy (or suffer) some remixes via this post at Synthtopia.

gregory said...

Ominous tone for what is basically an advertisement. That said, I think it's wonderful.