Cloanto's interview with the late Jay Miner, "father
of the Amiga", was recorded in Paris on the evening of February 9th,
1990, during the 1990 Amiga Developers
In the interview, which took
place at the conference's hotel bar (as can be heard from the bottles and
glasses in the background), Jay spoke with Cloanto developers recalling
the birth of the Amiga, but also discussing topics ranging from computers
and society to issues unrelated to technology. The most relevant
parts of this interview are included as a video on
Amiga Forever (the interview
is audio-only, but it is completed by a photograph taken during the
interview, and a scrolling transcription).
The original recording was done with a portable
device (appearing on the table, in the interview photographs) which was running on batteries that were progressively discharging
during the interview. Running the original tape, Jay Miner's voice
initially sounds like that of a young man, and at the end it is more
similar to that of a cartoon character speaking very quickly. This is
barely sufficient for a transcript, but it is definitely not the best for
publication. So we went through hi-tech efforts to "repair" the tape in order to best share this
unique piece of Amiga history with all enthusiasts. For this Amiga Forever
edition the original recording was sampled, filtered and processed with
professional hardware and software, first at a recording studio, and then
with an Amiga 4000 running Samplitude and AudioLab. The Credits
section of Amiga Forever contains additional information.
The photograph which accompanies the interview is the second of two
that were taken during the interview. After the first picture was shot,
Jay pulled another pair of glasses from his jacket, and it was agreed
that the second photograph, with the metal-frame glasses, was the better
Jay Miner in 1990 (second photo) by Cloanto is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at https://www.amigaforever.com/news-events/19900209-jm-interview/.