Sixties Pop Sounds Best When It's Covered By a Band of Computers

Everyone knows being in a band is cool. But what's cooler is making your own band out of old computer parts and then getting it to play a note-prefect version of The Animals' House Of The Rising Sun.

This video was posted by YouTuber BD594, and it features a wide range of old computer parts, all upcycled to knock out sixties classics. It doesn't use samples or any other audio effects — the whole piece relies entirely on noises generated by the kit you can see in the video.

For those that are interested, BD594 gives a full list of his band members. Seeing as you ask: on the vocals, an HP Scanjet 3P, Adaptec SCSI card and a computer powered by Ubuntu. On keys, an Atari 800XL with an EiCO Oscilloscope. Playing guitar, a Texas instrument Ti-99/4A with a Tektronix Oscilloscope. And finally, pounding out the beat, a Hard-drive powered by a PiC16F84A microcontroller.

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Personally, I think the scanner is inspired and I love the use of a hard drive platter as a drum. But the whole thing is a geeky, nostalgia-inducing five minutes. And it stands up remarkably well as a piece of music, nerdy fun aside.

But BD594 wants his next project to be based on a modern song, and he's taking requests. What do you want him to try? [BD594 via The Verge]

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Rodney McKay

In my day, we placed AM radios next to our computers and wrote programs that would play tunes through them. See, for example, [www.youtube.com]