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Old School Computer Parts Play Music


Old school computer parts play Gotye – Somebody That I Used to KnowThis one was shared with us on Facebook by a guy called Ervin in reply to our post on the very musical dot matrix printers. According to bd594, the uploader of the video, the specs are as follows:

  • HP Scanjet 3C as the vocals. It lags a bit due to the fast paced vocals. In order for the stepper motor to play a note it has to be moving and with that large carriage it takes a few milli seconds before it can play a note. It doesn’t sound like a lot of time but stretch that over a 4 minute song and voila…out of sync. Programming does help to compensate but it is not perfect.
  • Amiga 600 Bass on left audio output and Guitar on right audio output
  • Each audio channel was feed into an oscilloscope
  • 2 Harddrives as the drums and cymbal
  • Xylophone as the Xylophone (duh) my apologies glockenspiel
  • Both the Harddrive and Xylophone are controlled by one PIC16F84A mircocontroller

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