VID Suzzane Cianni and Bally’s ‘Xenon’ pinball

Electronic music composer and early Buchla adopter Suzanne Ciani helped program one of the earliest arcade games with digital sampling. It was introduced by Bally in Nov. 1980 when sampling was still very expensive because RAM cost about $1 per 1000 bytes! (More detail from Ciani here.)

The game uses the AS-2518-56 sound board and the AS-2518-58 “Vocalizer” board. Earlier in 1977 Bally had released the Bally Astrocade home videogame console, which could be converted into a computer.

Early pinball sound systems

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