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Greetings, Programs!

 

After sixteen cycles on the GRID, SHAZ, SHUA, and JAMIE are back to talk TRON with a discussion of themes and archetypes present in the classic 1982 movie.  Based on the concept that all people have a ROOT CODE with similar universal themes in our PROGRAMMING, archetypes have been recognized at least since PLATO’s days in ancient Greece — and TRON is loaded with classical archetypes in the futuristic realm of the GRID.

 

PLUS: A new way to play “Light Cycle”, the documentary Computers Are People, Too shows up in the news, and Oculus Rift lets you ride a LIGHT CYCLE on the GRID — Legacy-style!

 

 

We’re glad to be back for another episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid!

Direct download: 29_TRON_Archetypes.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

In 1982, TRON was repeatedly featured in reports about cutting-edge computer graphics (and rightfully so), but truth-be-told, many journalists were crediting the computer with animation that was often accomplished by hand and through painstakingly tedious photographic processes.  Go behind-the-scenes with  SHAZ, SHUA, and JAMIE once more as they continue to DECODE the GRID of the original TRON movie as they delve into The Making of TRON

 

 

PLUS: The original TRON Soundtrack comes out on translucent blue vinyl and other news.

Let us know what you love about TRON and want to hear on TRON: Decoding the Grid.  And don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_28.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!  

In 1982, computer graphics were just in their infancy.  When a major motion picture decided to include digital effects for nearly half of its length, it was a mammoth task.  SHAZ, SHUA, and JAMIE continue to DECODE the GRID by forging ahead with the behind-the-scenes coverage of TRON as they discuss the struggles and successes of making a movie based largely on computer effects.   

 

 

PLUS: Polaris teases PROGRAMS and USERS alike with their three-wheeled version of a LIGHT-RUNNER, the Slingshot. Light up your listening with these light-up ear buds from NOMA.  

Let us know what you love about TRON and want to hear on TRON: Decoding the Grid.  And don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!  

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_27.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 7:18am EDT

Greetings, Programs!

In 1982, TRON stunned the world with its innovative techniques and imaginative story about man swallowed by a machine.  SHAZ, SHUA, and JAMIE continue to DECODE the GRID, quadrant by quadrant, uncovering the mysteries that lie beneath the surface of this continuing classic Disney production. 

 

 

PLUS: Find out about hand-held 3D scanners and how they may affect TR3N (or not). SARK might just equip his WARRIORS with these ingenious devices to REZ USERS into the DIGITAL WORLD when he invades our side of the screen....

Let us know what you think about the podcast or about anything TRON-related.  Contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_26.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 6:30am EDT

Greetings, Programs! 

Thirty-two years ago (and a week), the world was treated to a unique experience with the release of TRON, a Disney production that combined live action, traditional animation, backlight techniques, and computer generated graphics on a scale which had never before been seen.  Developed from the imagination of Steven Lisberger upon seeing the potential in backlit graphics and computer animation, TRON embraced and amplified the expanding world of computers before the world at large truly understood them or their potential.

 

TRON has been embraced by a community of fans who saw it when it was released in 1982, fans who were introduced to it later, and even the generation whose first TRON experience came in the form of TRON: Legacy and TRON: Uprising have recognized the amazing story, themes, and industry-changing processes created out of necessity to tell this story bridging two worlds on either side of the computer screen.  

 

JAMIE joins SHUA and SHAZ this month to talk about some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of this truly innovative feature.   

 

 

PLUS: You can wear a bit of TRON on your wrist if you act soon by going to touchofmodern.com and checking out some of the glowing timepieces offered there this week.  One favorite is the SEVENwatch with two discs on the face that comes in TRON blue, SARK red, or USER white.  

Let us know what you think about the podcast or about anything TRON-related.  Contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!  

TRON LIVES

Direct download: 25_TRON_25.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

In the months leading up to the release of TRON: Legacy in December 2010, Marvel Comics published an adaptation of the original TRON as well as a limited series of comics to bridge the gap between TRON and Legacy.  This week, SHAZ and SHUA discuss TRON: Betrayal as the discussion moves from TRON to TRON: Legacy. 

 

 

PLUS: The future may have TRON roads, paved with hexagonal panels filled with lights, electronics, and solar panels.

Let us know what you think about the podcast or about anything TRON-related.  Contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_24.mp3
Category:TRON: Betrayal -- posted at: 7:00am EDT


Greetings, Programs!

What if the MCP was the operating system for the WOPR computer?  WarGames has been running in the background for the past couple weeks, and we have notices several similarities between these two computer-oriented movies from the early 80s.  Taking what we know from TRON and casting the internal circuits of the WOPR with PROGRAMS from TRON, we imagine what might be happening inside the brain of the WarGames computer in this episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid.

 

 

PLUS: TRON styled houses and bicycles, and our friend TEKFORCE releases a music video to his single “Stuck in a Bit World”. Join us for about an hour of TRONtasy when the McP meets the WOPR in a fast-food battle of the burgers (not really, no). 

Let us know what you think about the podcast or about anything TRON-related.  Contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!

TRON LIVES

Direct download: 23_TRON_23.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

22 TRON "Programs & Users"

Greetings, Programs! 

SEN69 (Sheldon) joins SHAZ & SHUA on the GRID to continue the discussion about relationships between the PROGRAMS and USERS (of the RED TEAM) from the original TRON from 1982.  In this episode, we look at the MCP, SARK, GUARDS, and the oft-chided "Bit Brain".  

You can be a part of the discussion as well by contacting us through email at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.  #TRONlives! 

Direct download: TRON_22.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

Greetings, Programs!

SHAZ & SHUA are back on the GRID to discuss the relationship between PROGRAMS and USERS as evident in the original TRON from 1982.  In this episode, we look at the heroes and user-friendly PROGRAMS that populate the ENCOM SYSTEM.   

You can be a part of the discussion as well by contacting us through email at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or leave a voice mail at (209)878-7323. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.  #TRONlives! 

Direct download: TRON_21_1.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

We know TRON as the story of two worlds and the beings who inhabit them. Our world is the one we can see and feel; the one on our side of the screen.  We are the USERS.  The other world is an electronic micro-civilization nestled in a digital existence.  The PROGRAMS inhabiting this virtual reality are our own creations and avatars, because we, the USERS, have created this new world, part of us lives there, too.

SHAZ and SHUA step up to the mics this week to record a running commentary on the 1982 original TRON.  Get out your Blu-rays and DVDs, nuke some popcorn in the microwave, turn on the TV and settle in for TRON with your earbuds! 

Let us know what you think about the podcast or about anything TRON-related.  Contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you like TRON (in all its various presentations) and that you want more!

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_20.mp3
Category:TRON -- posted at: 6:42pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The Story of TRON depends on music as much as it does on computer-generated special effects.  Since 1982, music has been created in tribute to TRON and/or in the stylings of TRON.  In this episode, SHAZ and SHUA put some pieces of music together to tell the story of TRON.

TEKFORCE joins the party with his own addition to the GRID, “Stuck in a Bit World” from the upcoming album The Lightcycle Chronicles.  You can find TEKFORCE on Twitter @teknique45 and on the album Nerdcore Emulation Station (NES) on Bandcamp.

Also featured in this episode is a new album covering the original Wendy Carlos soundtrack with a guitar-rich twist.  STEMAGE released the album PRIORITY ONE: The Music of Tron last summer.  Some of the tracks from this album have been heard on previous episodes of TRON: Decoding the Grid.  Check out STEMAGE on Twitter and pick up the album on iTunes.

Contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you appreciated the series and that you want more.

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_19_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:03am EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The Uprising has just begun, and even though TRON: Uprising has yet to return for a second season, USERS and PROGRAMS are talking about the possibilities all over the GRID. This episode of TRON: Decoding the Grid is totally devoted to communications received via the I/O TOWER from listeners.

This week, ASTRAICA from UNITED TRON ARMY is back to talk about an idea for another animated TRON series to continue the story we saw in TRON: Uprising.  KingJ has submitted a thorough story treatment for a possible (and plausible) series set during and after the events of TRON: Legacy called, TRON: Resurrection.  This story treatment is worth reading and discussing, and we do both!

Plus, some questions came to our friend Santiago from Spain when he was rewatching “Terminal” again.  It just goes to show you that this series bears repeat views and allows you to see new things every time.  JAMIE answers our call for technical assistance in dealing with Santiago’s questions. 

You can join in the fun on TRON: Decoding the Grid by contacting us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com, tweeting to @TRON_DTG, or leaving a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you appreciated the series and that you want more.

TRON LIVES

Direct download: 18_TRON_18.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

Greetings, Programs!

The title of this episode of TRON: Uprising is TERMINAL, but does it refer to the virus infecting TRON or the premature and sudden end of this incredible animated series?

In hopes of answering this question, SPENCER and ASTRAICA return to talk TRON: Uprising with SHAZ & SHUA, where it takes a brave person to stand against oppression, and perhaps an even braver one to JOIN THE CRAZY!

Just when the UPRISING had begun, the season (and so far the series) is over. But the concept lives on and more stories are yet to be told. Not only do we talk about the visually stunning animation and exciting story, but everyone chimes in about what could possibly come next. 

Tell us what you think about the series and your hopes for what could happen next -- contact us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or @TRON_DTG, or you can leave a voicemail at (209) 878-7323.  Don’t forget to let Disney know how much you appreciated the series and that you want more.

TRON LIVES

Direct download: TRON_17.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

Greetings, Programs!

CYRUS is back, and he is determined to make life difficult for BECK. Deceptions abound, trust is challenged, friends are betrayed, and hope is nearly lost by the end of this penultimate episode of the first season of TRON: Uprising.

MARA believes her eyes instead of her head and heart. ZED thinks CYRUS is one of the coolest PROGRAMS in town. BECK confronts TRON about hiding the truth from him. ABLE attempts to be the voice of reason and a helping hand -- and pays for it.

JAMIE and CRAIG are back to join SHAZ & SHUA for a discussion about deception, free will, and the direction TRON: Uprising seems to be headed. (And the resultant discussion is three times as long as the episode itself!) 

Download now and hear for yourself why TRON: Uprising is the best television program that has yet to be renewed for a second season.

Tell us what you think about TRON: Decoding the Grid by emailing us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or calling us at (209)TR-TRDad.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too!

Direct download: TRON_16.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 7:16am EDT

15 TRON: Uprising "Rendezvous"

Greetings, Programs!

PAIGE and BECK finally have their first date, and what did they do?  Jumped out of a LIGHT CHOPPER together -- how romantic!  Their second date was fraught with more dangers, however, when both of them were arrested by PAIGE’s maniacal coworker PAVEL. 

MEGHAN from HIGH ADVENTURE gets on the GRID with SHAZ & SHUA for a jump into this sordid tale of a RENDEZVOUS gone sour where PAIGE shows us that you need to keep your wits about you when your coworker is a power-hungry PSYCHOPATH.


Tell us what you think about TRON: Decoding the Grid by emailing us at podcast@TechnoRetroDads.com or calling us at (209)TR-TRDad.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, too!

Direct download: TRON_15.mp3
Category:TRON: Uprising -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

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