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Electronic Cafe International's 7th Annual New Year's Eve
"Telebration": A Hybrid Videoconference, Internet Cybercast, Web And
The Electronic Cafe International is hosting its 1995
Around-the-World New Year's Eve Telebration, a meta-New-Year's-party now
in its seventh year, to take place December 31, 1995. A worldwide
network of ISDN video links and analog videophones contribute to the
real-time festivities, the amazing Telebration Cam will show what's going on at the current moment, the ECI Website Gallery will chronicle the event as it happens, and the ECI Palace will make its
debut for the New Year's party. The day-long Telebration will be hosted
by the flagship Electronic Cafe in Santa Monica, California.
The Telebration Video Bridge is graciously provided by MCI
Special ISDN-to-Internet hardware provided by Ascend Communications.
Featuring performances by artists, poets and musicians as well as
collaborative cyber-experiences enabled through the use of hybrid
telecommunications systems unique to ECI, the '95/'96 New Year's Eve
Telebration will connect Electronic Cafes International (ECIs),
ECI-Affiliates and friends at locations around the world. ECI-Tokyo,
ECI-Paris, ECI-Copenhagen, ECI-Rio de Janeiro, ECI-Dublin, ECI-Toronto,
ECI-Jerusalem, ECI-Austin, The Info-Zone in Telluride, Colorado, Studio
X in Santa Fe, New Mexico and many others will be participating in this
year's event. The Telebration will showcase ECI's Tele-Music, live
collaborative musical performances and improvisations where musicians
are connected through cyberspace; Tele-Poetry, where videoconferenced
poetry "slams" take place between geographically separated poets; and
Tele-Dance, where people otherwise separated by distance, culture and
language dance together in real-time composite image space. Telebration
musical performances scheduled at press time include the Bonnie Barnett
Band, live from ECI-Santa Monica and Group Collective, live from ECI-
Affiliate The Knitting Factory in New York City; Telebration poetry will
be performed by Mona Jean Cedars, among others. Additionally, ECI will
be connecting with a variety of broadband and Internet-based New Year's
Eve parties around the globe, and invites links with those who are
producing other cyberspace New Year's Eve events.
The ECI Around-the-World Telebration begins at noon PST on December 31,
1995, and continues well into the morning of January 1, 1996. Designed
to be inclusive of both technologically-enabled and technologically-
challenged communities, the Telebration features a digital bridge for
the ECI Network of international ISDN compressed video links, accessible
by others utilizing PictureTel or any H.320 videoconferencing systems,
as well as an analog bridge for ECI's international network of
Panasonic/Sony/Mitsubishi and compatible black & white videophones. The
analog bridge linking the still-frame videophones around the world will
be interfaced live to a CU-SeeMe cybercast, so that even those who don't
have access to the Internet can cybercast video on the net. Bridges for
audioconferencing will also be enabled for the Telebration. Updates,
audio, and video bridge information will be posted on this website.
The '95 Telebration also marks the launch of the ECI Palace, a 2-D
multi-user interactive environment enabled through The Palace(tm)
software recently released by Time Warner Interactive. Produced for ECI by As If Productions and
Hands of Time Animation & Design, the ECI Palace will allow anyone with
a TCP connection and the free Palace client software to explore
Electronic Cafe International "rooms" and chat in real time with other
party-goers. Registered Palace software users will additionally be able
to create their own avatars for navigating the ECI Palace. The free
client software and registration information is available at
The Palace website.
CRASH THE PARTY ON THE WEB!
By accessing the ECI Website, Web-surfing visitors will be able to
experience the event as it happens.
The ECI "Website Gallery" will chronicle highlights of the event
from the point of view of ECI Santa Monica, along with
what's happening this very moment
at ECI Santa Monica.
JOIN THE PARTY VIA CU-SEEME!
We'll be 'casting the party via CU-SEEME at monsters.metawire.com,
so tune in and check out the action... 8 B channels, no waiting (grin)!
DO YOU WANT TO JOIN US?
Those interested in connecting their New Year's events to the ECI
Telebration should contact ECI-Santa Monica before December 29th. The Electronic Cafe Santa Monica is located at 1649 18th Street, north of Olympic Boulevard in the 18th Street Arts Complex (see map). Admission to the
physical space is $20 (we're buying the champagne & hors d'oeuvres); $5 off
at the door if you print this message and bringing it with you.
Admission via any cybermedia format is free (well, you'll have to buy the
champagne). More details about the day at the Santa Monica Cafe are
available at +1 310 828 8732.
ECI-SANTA MONICA INDUSTRY SUPPORTERS
The Telebration is made possible by ECI-Santa Monica's Sponsors: Apple
Computer, Inc.; Ascend Commuinications, Inc.; A.T. Products; Canon
U.S.A., Inc.; Colorado Video, Inc.; Compression Labs Inc.; Comtech Labs
Inc.; Dolby Labs; Engage Communications, Inc.; Farallon Computing, Inc.;
Genius Corp.; Hard Drive Intl.; Hayes Microcomputer; Intel-Pro Share;
Interval Research; Lone Wolf; Mass Microsystems; Magnum Software; MCI;
Mitsubishi Electronic Sales Motorola; Motorola Data Products; MTL
Software, Inc.; Perspect Systems, Inc.; PictureTel; RasterOps Corp.;
Roland; SyQuest Technology; Teleautograph Corp.; TeleSpan Publishing;
Transware, Inc.; Truevision, Inc.; Viacom International; Vidicom;
Yamaha; Young Chang; and many more.
KUDOS AND SPECIAL THANKS
The '95/'96 Around-the-World New Year's Eve Telebration is produced by Electronic Cafe International(tm), Santa Monica, California Node, in association with ECIs, ECI-Affiliates & Friends around the world, and:
Jeannine Parker, Magnitude Associates
ECI-Santa Monica WebServer:
Byron Wagner at Metawire
ECI-Santa Monica WebSite Builder:
see Steve's Website
ECI-Palace Site Builders:
Tod Foley , As If Productions
Janice Norton and Gary Ream , Hands of Time Animation & Design
see The Hands of Time Website(3-D specs highly recommended)
Automated-on-the-Fly Telebration WebSite Gallery:
see: The best ISDN info site in the world
and Kurt Arnlund
with assistance from Jeannine Parker, Steve Arbuss and Byron Wagner.
ECI Audio Wrangler:
Bob Rice, Nervous Gerbil Productions
Telebration Production Assistance:
Patrice Braun and Cindy DeSantis