5 WAYS TO MAKE FUNKY TUNES
3. Floppy Love
It’s just a box, 13 floppy drives, one hard drive, a few bits of computer kit and some lines of of code. (Kids, ask your parents what a floppy drive is.) The guy who put it together actually lets you download the code here. If you are feeling especially adventurous, you can even try to build one of your own. The love may be tainted but my wonderment has never been purer.
2. MS-DOS dance
If you are old enough to remember the good ol’ black and white MS-DOS days, then you may remember hearing the name ‘Soundblaster’ by Creative Labs. (It was an audio card for old school computers.) Some computer boffins with too much time on their hands have rekindled their ‘soundblaster’ love and coded a program called Adlib Tracker II that turns your dustcovered 1990’s computer into a nightclubworthy music machine. Crank up the speakers to appreciate just how retro-cool it is.
1. “Hey Mr Scan-Bourine Man, Play a Song For Me”
This is perhaps the best example of how to make music out of antiquated computer hardware. It’s a groovy little number that has hard drives keeping the beat, some tone-generating components for tune and an HP Scanjet 3C scanner for the vocals (naturally). Quaint, soothing and downright geeky, this remix of Fun’s ‘ We are Young’ deserves to be on the iPod of any selfrespecting computer geek.
Kyle Pastor is in graduate school completing a Masters in theoretical polymer physics. When not exploring the physics of stuff nobody cares about, he is usually writing, coding, or playing obscure games that nobody cares about. He blogs about all things interesting at www.infplusplus.com.