Story Teller is a system of obsolete, technological forgeries; leftovers from a Cold War that never, really, existed. It is an open-ended system for telling stories, via printed text, machine-uttered speech, drawings and words on phosphor screens, pen on paper, though only printed text and uttered speech are seen here. The stories are composed ahead of time, and stored as rows of tiny holes in a paper tape, an inch wide and tens or hundreds of feet long; a fabulously tactile, wonderfully obsolete machine-storage medium from another century. The resulting tapes are "played" on the Story Teller, similar to reel to reel magnetic recording tape.

The Model 31 Vocalizer (left) speaks English phonemes, words, sentences, and programmatic gibberish. In oak, bakelite and brass, it utters speech and sounds in a clear but often unintelligible voice. The sole controls are for volume and speed, the latter controlling how slowly each phoneme is spoken. Glass-jeweled lamps decode each phoneme ("HEH-ELL-OW"); and with the speed control, allow for disturbing deconstruction and destruction of communication.

The Model 3 Tape Reader (right) plays the perforated tape and sends the information on to other devices that speak or print. A tape is mounted on one side, and spools to the other as it is read. It is a pleasure to use; small, dense, dark oiled oak and bakelite, it makes a soft clucking noise as it reads a tape; you can literally feel the data on your finger tips, as the tape pulls through your fingers.

The Model 28 teletypewriter (left) made by the Teletype Corporation in 1964, prints inky text onto cheap roll paper, and contains as many moving parts as a modern automobile. "Teletypes" are fantastically reliable and fascinating to watch and hear, a miniature locomotive of the printed word. It contains embedded intelligence to work in the Story Teller system. Teletypes in one form or another were the terminals, as they were called, of the world's original inter-net; telegraphy.



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