Martin Diamant - Curriculum Vitae

Born February 15th, 1969, at 5:30pm in Ottakring (that's a district of Vienna, Austria). Weighed 3.49 kg (7 lb 11 oz), measured 50 cm (1 ft 8 in).

After looking around for a little while, he "retired immediately" (as his mother puts it). Therefore, even when the first people were landing on the moon a few months later, it was decided not to disturb him in his sleep.

Went to school until he weighed 63 kg (138 lb 14 oz) and measured 181 cm (5 ft 11 in). Having achieved that, he studied sound engineering (together with Gebhard Sengmüller) and physics. In order to fund his studies, he did all kinds of part-time jobs. For instance, he had a great opportunity to see behind the TV screen during his three years as a lighting man for Austrian television.

Martin Diamant became part of the VinylVideo™ project in May 1997. Putting his interest in analog and digital signal processing to good use, he had the historical privilege of being there when the unbelievable happened and the first record played back successfully.

Gebhard Sengmüller and Günter Erhart had already created the legendary TrashPEG format. However, it was not before UAM (Unorthodox Amplitude Modulation), MSS (Minimalistic Synchronization Scheme) and SSS (Schizophrenic Sound Subcarrier) had been invented that the system worked satisfactorily. Later on, picture quality was optimized when Time Base Correction and a special calibration feature were implemented.

NB: A special credit goes to Martin Schachermayer, who provided a 486 PC which would otherwise have been thrown away by its previous owners. It replaced a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and the foundations of VinylVideo™ in its present form were developed on it.
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