where does "cycling74" come from ?

Feb 18, 2013 at 2:28pm

where does "cycling74" come from ?

some geek question
I would like to know where does cycling74 come from…?

bicycle ?

Feb 18, 2013 at 2:48pm

all that i know is that no, it is not about bicyles…

edit : apparently Wikipedia thinks it does : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_'74#History
and links to that funny thing : http://web.archive.org/web/19981201224932/http://www.cycling74.com/

Feb 18, 2013 at 3:02pm

It’s actually an anagram for the phrase “Lift conveys urgency.”

Feb 18, 2013 at 3:12pm

> and links to that funny thing : http://web.archive.org/web/19981201224932/http://www.cycling74.com/

What a gem! :D

Feb 18, 2013 at 3:56pm

@vichug : your link is broken, good one : ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_74#History ) ;-)

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:01pm

http://i.imgur.com/4h57zNV.jpg < - this comes up every once in a while. This was reposted on the cycling74 fb page about a week ago, iirc?

Feb 18, 2013 at 4:01pm

I’m sure it has nothing to do with 74 cps ;)

Feb 18, 2013 at 7:11pm

I remember visiting their site back in the late 90s and I still love banana seats!

Mar 8, 2013 at 4:56am

I guess they derives their name from the definition of cycle then they made it to present progressive tense and add number with it.

Mar 9, 2013 at 2:17am

My website / blog “SynthFan.info” once did an interview with Darwin Grosse from Cycling ’74 where this question was also addressed. You can check the interview here:


And when asked “Where did the name of your company come from” this is what he had to say:

Well, the word “Cycle” is important to the beginnings of Cycling ’74, because the cycle~ object was one of the first objects (from MSP, the company’s first product) that was used for testing audio capabilities of a computer.

It just so happened that there was a Schwinn 1974 catalog on the table when a company name had to be decided upon; since the idea of 74 cycle~ objects was sort of a great dream, and the (somewhat goofy) pictures of the Schwinn catalog were so cool, it just naturally developed from there.

Of course, now doing 74 cycle~ objects is a no-brainer for any computer, and we no longer are using “appropriated” Schwinn catalog images for our website, but it was a cool (and very typically Cycling ’74) way of kicking things off.”

Mar 10, 2013 at 1:08am

Well, we must never ever forget 1974.


Mar 10, 2013 at 5:33pm

Let’s Re-Cycle~, to be in phasor~.




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