Funkytown performed by old hardware

Inspired by [James Houston]‘s remix of Radiohead’s Nude on obsolete hardware, [bd594] put together this mix of Lipps Inc.’s Funkytown. No sampling was used, but he had to loop the footage of the Avaya dot matrix printer’s drum part because it shook the table too much. The guitar and bass line are performed by a Commodore 64. An Intel 14.4 external modem uses DTMF tones for the first part of of the lead and a TI-99/4A beeps out the rest. The TI is also used as a speech synthesizer and a Maxtor harddrive plays the the vocal track.

[via Matrixsynth]


  1. dinK3r says:

    coolest hack i’ve seen in years!!!

  2. steveorama says:

    that is awesome!!

  3. pip says:


  4. miles says:

    So that is the voice coil?

    Couldn’t resist.

  5. brog says:

    No sampling?

    I swear i heard that hard drive say ‘funky town’, how did he make the hard drive talk?

  6. Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting!

  7. Your blog is so informative keep up the good work!

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