Playing classic 60s tunes with an all electronic band


If you are considering repurposing some old computer equipment to create music, be aware that the bar has been raised just a tad. YouTube user [BD594] spent some time sifting through his bin of used electronics and put together a 5-piece band that plays a pretty awesome rendition of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun”.

Last week, we saw a pretty impressive hack with a floppy drive that could bang out music using a calculator, but this takes things to a whole new level. [BD594] used an old HP ScanJet to simulate the song’s vocals, while an Atari 800XL combined with an oscilloscope is used as an organ. A Ti-99/4a is used in conjunction with another scope to play guitar notes, while a PIC-controlled hard drive does double duty, playing both the bass drum and cymbals.

We dare you to watch the video below and NOT be thoroughly impressed with his work.

[BD594] says that once he has a bit of free time, he’ll be putting out another video – something we’ll be anxiously waiting to see.

16 thoughts on “Playing classic 60s tunes with an all electronic band

    1. i have that same old o-scope too. mine works sorta. some of the controls are stuck and hard to switch. found it in an arcade cabinet that was being thrown out. Now i have a full size arcade and o-scope for free.

      The video doesn’t really show what is making the sine wav sounds. He needs floppy dives added.

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