Compu Movie is a VHS tape released by Tierrart (ティエラルト) in February 1994, featuring a collection of Amiga and Macintosh computer animations produced by OSD for various clients. It was only available for purchase through the company, in a similar fashion to the Linen Sampler promo CD. Compu Movie's page on the old OSD website (Japanese) claims it features music by Shinobu Narita, Sato himself, and The Sync (produced by Goh Hotoda).
Compu Movie is considered lost media, as it has not surfaced in full on the internet. However, several clips have been released by Osamu Sato himself, as detailed in the following sections. These clips include:
- A 22-second clip of a 3d animation titled Deme Kume Chame-go.
- An Alphabetical Animals music video.
- What appears to be the lead-up to the beginning shot of a clock in I LOVE YOU.
- 51 seconds of I LOVE YOU, a black and white montage of characters created out of eyes.
- Almost 3 minutes I LOVE YOU.
- A clip of the Compu Movie version of Face the Music.
- A photo containing several frames of the ABC segment showing that at some point the letters combine to spell words.
A print advertisement for Compu Movie was discovered by Chia, which contained a list of its contents.
In February of 2022, we got our closest ever look at Compu Movie with a 1994 edition of DIG MAG, a digital magazine for Mac. The disc contains a virtual art gallery with work by Sato, Hideki Nakazawa, and others.
In March of 2022, an interview of Sato with a Japanese magazine named Sound & Recording was unearthed. In the interview, Sato discusses Compu Movie and his early work. The scans were made by the user beanstalk, and shared by FELON. A transcription of this interview was also made by Chia.
Deme Kume Chame-Go
In Sato's Next Beat interview, there are brief clips of a 3D animation titled "Deme Kume Chame-Go". Shown below this title is the text "コンピュムービーより", which translates to "From Compu Movie".
"The Face", also known as "Face the Music" is a song by Osamu Sato with several different mixes. A portion of this music video appeared on the "DIG MAG" CD-ROM. It appears to be an early version of The Esoteric Retina's "Face the Music" video, bearing several similarities.
Astor Magic, Golden Flowers
Not much is known about these videos. "Astor Magic" is a song by The Sync off of their album Beat the System. "Golden Flowers" is speculated to be by Sato, because of an item in Eastern Mind with the same name.
The July 1994 edition of Wired magazine features a short interview with Sato, and also mentions the presence of an Alphabetical Orgasm video on Compu Movie. They most likely meant to say Alphabetical Animals instead, since the artwork in the video matches that series and it's labeled as such in the print advertisement and Next Beat interview. The magazine also claims that Compu Movie was "Macintosh-generated", although this may not pertain to every animation in the collection.
A presumably clipped version of the full video is available on OSD's YouTube Channel, titled "ABC.mov".
The "DIG MAG" CD-ROM features an interactive version of this video, with animations for every letter and several words ("LOVE", "AND", "PEACE", "FOOL"). These animations appear to be the same as featured in screenshots, but possibly run too quickly in emulators. The screenshot featuring Sato's face doesn't appear here, but rather in the CD-ROM's "I LOVE YOU" video.
I LOVE YOU
This video on the OSD310 Youtube channel was speculated to be from Compu Movie for years before the print advertisement lent more credence to this theory.
The description claims it was produced for Tierrart, the same company which released Compu Movie. Like ABC.mov, it features elements (in this case, numbers) from Alphabetical Animals. It also appears to fade out prematurely, implying there's more to be seen.
Lastly, since several of the clips from the OSD310 channel ended up originating from The Esoteric Retina (Xia-Che, Trancemigration, The Earth is Round), it seems plausible that this would also be the case with Compu Movie.
Another portion of this video was found on the "DIG MAG" CD-ROM. Most of the soundtrack had never been heard before, except for one section which also features in a different part of the Youtube upload. The motif of a spinning Sato portrait appears in this video, which may have partially inspired "The Earth is Round".