Dear Listserv Editor,

             I'm writing to you about an exciting new documentary film
release from First Run/Icarus Films that we thought would be of interest to
the readers of your Listserv. "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be"
profiles Erkki Kurenniemi, one of the great unsung pioneers of the
electronic age. Kurenniemi's career encompasses a surprisingly natural
blend of music, film, computers and robotics, and explores the
interrelationships between art, nature and technology.

             A leading figure in the Sixties avant-garde in music and film
in Finland, Kurenniemi built his legendary DIMI synthesizers in the late
Sixties, and probably created the first digital synthesizer in the world.
In 1973 he created the first commercially manufactured and marketed
microcomputer, two years before the American MITS Altair 8800.

             For more information on "The Future Is Not What It Used To
Be," visit our website at

             In the meantime, thank you for helping us bring this important
new documentary to the attention of specialized educators and scholars.


Gary Crowdus
Director of Marketing and Publicity
First Run/Icarus Films
32 Court Street
21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone (718) 488-8900
Fax (718) 488-8642

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