Playing classic 60s tunes with an all electronic band

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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.

Comments

  1. SenorD says:

    This guy’s youtube channel has a Marilyn Manson cover as well as one from queen, though this is his best work yet. The most hilarious part is the name of the band, the EOL band.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/bd594?feature=watch

  2. oodain says:

    so cool,

    i like the drumming hardrive, brilliant.

  3. psmay says:

    [gapes]

  4. Sly) says:

    Top Class Project!!
    Love it!

  5. hazardous says:

    I have that oscilloscope but it wont display a trace and the tub amps are beyond my time and there is no obvious failure…:(

    • KF5CZO says:

      If you can find a amateur radio club in your area there is a good chance that someone there will be able to help with tube circuits, or at least point you in the right direction.

    • pRoFlT says:

      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.

  6. hazardous says:

    tubes…. sorry

  7. Colin says:

    SO much win!

  8. Bob says:

    This made me smile when I didn’t think I was going to today!

  9. StrangeRover says:

    Fantastic! The scanner doesn’t have Eric Burdon’s vocal line right, though. (That’s nitpicking, but it clangs on mine ear) Great work!

  10. BBW says:

    No words can describe my feelings right now.
    Awesome. Just Awesome.
    Even better…

  11. Nicholas says:

    That old oscilloscope so amazing :O

  12. mjrippe says:

    I still love his Bit-52s version of “Rock Lobster”!

  13. Erv' says:

    Oscilloscope states “Wide Band”. That makes sense :-)
    Congrats ! Brilliant work ! I want to hear some more for sure !

  14. kaidenshi says:

    My first computer was a TI 99/4a. This is so freaking awesome!

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