The ZX Spectrum is 35 years old on 23rd April 2017, and it also holds a very special place in my heart, so it's time to wish it a happy birthday... It's the machine I grew up with and which led me to creating this very channel. I've covered the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in the past, but frankly I didn't do it justice, so we're revisiting Sir Clive's iconic 8 bit home micro in detail, starting with The Sinclair Years in this two part documentary.
This first part explores Clive Sinclair's early years, from his childhood to the formation of Sinclair Radionics in 1961, through the mini amplifier period, pocket calculator, black watch and finally his range of computers, starting with the MK14 and culminating in the ZX Spectrum 128k. We'll look at the people involved behind the Spectrum such as Jim Westwood and Chris Curry and explore other avenues such as the famous punch up between Clive and Chris in a Cambridge pub. So hold on tight, and let's get cracking with Jet Set F**king Willy.
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and Slopes Game Room https://www.youtube.com/user/djslopesroom for their voices.
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Nikon D3200 with 40mm Macro
Corel Video Studio Ultimate X9
Corel Paint Shop Pro X6
Blue Snowball Microphone
The Place Inside 00:10
Chess Pieces 00:40
Switch It Up 03:30
Take That Back 08:00
Which Way is Up? 10:30
Long Way Home 14:40
Come On In 17:50
Scarlet Fire 27:00
Hall of Mirrors 32:10
Hollywood High 34:10
Funk Down 37:30
Cybernoid (ZX Spectrum 128k) 42:50
Pacific Hike 45:20
I Love You 47:10
All music other than ZX Spectrum chiptunes are royalty free, sourced from Youtube audio library.
Other than the resources listed throughout this video, the following references were used;
Adverts - https://nosher.net/archives/computers/yourcomputer_1987-11_001_sinclair
Timex Dundee - http://craigsretrocomputingpage.eu5.org/zx81production/zx81production.html
Rick Dickinson - http://www.polymathperspective.com/?p=813
Prototype ZX82 - Rick Dickinson
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