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The National Panapic...I'm sorry the what-now?

If you don't want any spoilers, just press play on the video below then come back and read the rest of the text afterwards. It'll probably be more fun that way. 
So what we have here is multi-media, 1977 style. It wouldn't be until the introduction of CD-ROM in the late 80s and early 90s that photos, music and text would be combined in such a way again. . I really enjoy showcasing these kind of anomalies, where you see the germination of ideas or products that existed many years before their successful re-introduction. I hope you enjoyed watching this video about the Panapic as much as I did making it.


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Reader Comments (10)

Hi there Techmoan! Can I get some recordings from the book? Or some pictures of the pages? Many thanks!

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrnateytatey

Techmoan, another brilliant short film! But not pricey? 9,700 yen was around $38 in 1977, and after inflation, $157 today. Maybe a bit much for what it was. But now I want one, as well.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCuff

I would really love some of those recordings - they would be great for sampling... Is there any chance you could record a couple? Thanks, and awesome video.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I found this oddity (perhaps 'audioddity') fascinating. I found some of those pieces of music very catchy, and I would love to know what they are. Surely there must be some viewer who's fluent in Japanese who could transcribe/translate the titles/artists.

Another wonderfully entertaining and informative video.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

A few people have commented that this kind of music falls under the umbrella of Enka. If you search for Enka Karaoke Music you should be heading in the right direction.

November 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

My parents had a pretty similar devicex called a Phonobox.
It was part of the German "Bertelsmann Lexikothek", a series of lexika, where one, or more books contained those sort of "mini-vinyl-disks" that included historical soundbites, like speeches and stuff.
I have fond memories of it, unfortunately my parents decided the info's in it would be outdated and gave it to the recycling ...
A picture of said Phonobox

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I want one of these so bad. It blows my mind that they had something like this in the '70s . Now if only we can get flexidiscs in cereal boxes again.

November 3, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Techmoan -- did you try lubricating the stylus carriage rail? The rod that the stylus travels on?

November 4, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCuff

You mentioned that there was a "children's toy" version of this, but never showed or talked about what it was. I know from my childhood that it was the Fisher price Talk to me Player. It might be interesting to do a video on that device and compare the technology that each used.

November 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Hey Techmoan,

that Panapic seems to have been a home karaoke show, as there were packages including a microphone.
In Germany, the same idea materialized as "Phonobox" as part of the Bertelsmann Lexikothek - a huge encyclopedia marketed as the knowledge about the world:

June 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPascal

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