On June 29, 2010, I had the great pleasure to speak with longtime Santa Cruzian artist, videographer, journalist, futurist, techno-wizard, Allan Lundell.
Allan has done so many things in his long and illustrious career making media that it was challenging to know where to start the conversation.
We first spoke of Allan’s beginnings as a videographer while a student at Antioch University in Baltimore in 1972 at the very beginning of this new media form, video, using the Sony PortaPac. His job through the school was to record video of government experiments on the biggest drug users in the world doing drugs. He explained his recording people sitting in a circle each holding a joint and being told to smoke it all together to it’s cherry stub.
After graduating from college, Allan began working in Silicon Valley in the latter 1970s working as a journalist specializing in new technology working for magazines such as BYTE, and Mondo 2000. He is the author of the 1989 book Virus! The Secret World of Computer Invaders That Breed and Destroy.
For years, he has been living in the San Lorenzo Valley. He co-founded Future Peak home of Virtual World Studio. This may be one of the only off-the grid-media company’s in the world. He is co-founder of the DigiBarn Computer Museum in Boulder Creek with fellow forward thinker Bruce Damer created in 2001. In 2009, he co-founded Awake Media.
He’s made tons of videos that can be found on Youtube and Vimeo, One of the most fascinating aspects to Allan’s work is he has been recording anything that is interesting in his life since 1987 when Sony launched the 4 mm DAT or Digital Audio Tape as a new digital format. He’s been recording in Hi Definition since 2005 and tapeless since 2008.
He has over 20 years of parties, events, get-togethers with really incredible talented artistic people. If you’ve partied with Allan over the last two decades, there’s a pretty good chance you’re in his archive. Having always been an incredible social networker in the physical, Allan has embraced social media both as a practitioner as well as educator.
Al began his interest in radio in high school when he began making them and broadcasting in the 60s. Most recently, he is the host of the Dr. Future show (entertaining all positive possibilities for the future) which airs Tuesdays at 2 pm on local family-owned AM radio station, KSCO 1080 AM radio.
To hear the entire broadcast, please click on the triangle below.