2.1 The first Hub
One of the groups from the Network Muse Festival, the duo of John Bischoff
and Tim Perkis (original members of the League) called their performance
"The Hub", because they were using a small microcomputer as
a mailbox to post data used in controlling their individual music systems,
which was then accessible to the other player to use in whatever way and
at whatever time he chose. This was the beginning of the band, "The
Hub": the other composers who joined to become The Hub were also
performing on different nights in different groups using uniquely different
network architectures. After the festival, the idea of using the standalone
computer to serve as a mailbox for a group (which Tim Perkis had initiated)
seemed like the best idea as a way to continue.
Perkis and Bischoff's original Hub microcomputer was a Kim-1 microcomputer, a vintage 1976 product of Commodore, which later developed the Commodore 64 and then the Amiga. The original price of the Kim-1 was $250, It was a single board computer based on a 6502 8-bit microprocessor with 1K RAM, running at 1 MHz.
"The KIM-1 has 1152 bytes of RAM, 2048 bytes of ROM and 30 I/O-lines.
Some of these lines are used to drive six 7-segment LED-displays and others
are used to read the little hexadecimal keyboard....The KIM-1 has the
ability to load and store programs on paper tape and/or cassette recorder."