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Last Updated: Friday, 15 June 2007, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

8bitpeoples

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8bitpeoples is the home of an art and music collective, who realise their creative ambitions with the help of old school technology.

Created by fans of 80s video games, the site encourages visitors to produce original musical compositions using 8 bit technology.

The site includes guides to building music making hardware from old components, anything from old Z80 processors to Gameboys. And for those of you without a soldering iron there is a section which provides practical guides to using 8 bit music software emulators.

And to prove that plenty of audiophiles have got to grips with their kit, users can upload their latest electronic efforts to the site complete with virtual sleeve art.

If you fancy getting your hands dirty and want to create some 8-bit tunes of your own, simply become a site member and upload your own efforts for the rest of the retro community to listen to.

There is also a section of the site which showcases art and photography shot with an 80s sensibility. There are also links to live events which feature old school bleeps and whistles around the world.

Taking your eyes and ears on a technological trip down memory lane, 8bitpeoples offers us a window into an age of electronic innocence.


Exposure

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Exposure offers itself as a resource for low budget film makers. There are encouraging interviews with indie-directors like Robert Rodriguez.

The director of Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City provides a useful and often funny 10 minute film school.

For a more in-depth guide to the film maker's art, head over to the resources section.

This provides budding Spielbergs with a host of useful tips and advice, from scripting and storyboarding, to shooting and eventually getting a film distributed.

The forum is also abuzz with low budget directors swapping tips about technical kit or just shooting the breeze about their favourite movies.

To top it all off there is news about independent film festivals around the world and handy points of contact for the first time auteur. So grab a camera, dash out a script and get filming. Hollywood beckons.


Universal Leonardo

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From a very modern art form to a classical one now, and a site which offers us a unique insight into the work of one of the most famous artists of all time.

Universal Leonardo is an exhaustive source of research and analysis, both scientific and artistic, of the work of Leonardo da Vinci.

Clicking off the main menu bar allows you to follow the path of da Vinci's work, from his earliest sketches to famous paintings and his scientific musings. There are extensive notes on Leonardo's life and times which helpfully put his work in an historical context.

Pictures of his work feature heavily and a simple click enlarges sketches and paintings to full screen to study the work in greater detail. Each work is accompanied by research notes, including style and themes and the location of the real artwork.

The discover section of the site provides an insight into the science behind the study of Leonardo's work, including explanations and images of infra-red, ultra-violet and my favourite, the "computed axial tomography" of some of da Vinci's work.

When you have selected the type of scientific study of a painting or sketch, a simple slider movement left or right takes you on an X-ray journey through one of the master's works.

If all of that sounds a bit worthy, click on the play section of the site to make the Mona Lisa smile, or combine different animal parts to create a chimera in the style of da Vinci's more fanciful monsters. Universal Leonardo provides a great resource for students or art fans alike.


Subterranea Britannica

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Subterranea Britannica is a site dedicated to the study of Britain's man made underground structures. From disused tube stations to mines and quarries, this site lists a host of underground sites of interest.

As most of the sites are owned by transport authorities or the military they are off limits to the public so a visit to the Subterranea archive reveals the sites' history and is illustrated with maps and photos both old and new.

While budding mole men may be content with discoveries about the closed Aldwych tube station, click back to the main page and enter a chilling section which examines Britain's cold war nuclear bunkers.

Many of the bunkers featured on the site were until recently highly classified top secret facilities. From old Royal Air force bases to civil defence bunkers. Again the site has collected together photographs, both archive and original, as well as providing ordinance survey grid references to the bunkers' locations.

Overall this site provides a fascinating insight into a world that exits right beneath our feet.




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