Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Your moment of Zen

Like many things in life, the whirrs and noises of old computers that were formerly annoying now inspire a nostalgic sense of retro glee -- the bleating of a fax modem, the blatting of a large-format dot-matrix printer. It's this sort of nostalgia that inspires some users to orchestrate a collection of outdated gear to emit the soulful strings of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. It starts with an HP ScanJet 3C playing the part of Freddie Mercury, then an Atari 800XL makes the organ sounds, TI-99/4a handles guitar duties, and a selection of other archaic goodies make visual and aural appearances. While the scanner did need to be recorded four separate times for all the "vocal" tracks, nothing was pitch-corrected, meaning your old scanner is officially more talented than three quarters of the Weekly Top 40.

1 comment:

  1. That is amazing!! You can't help but sing along to this. The solo is bad ass!!! Nice Find!!!!

    I'm genuinely excited as you can tell from my exclamation points. I can't imagine how long it must have taken this person to complete this. Insane.