Listen to the beat of the hard drive drums

YouTube user bd594 has got some skills with old computer parts. He uses them to create some pretty well-executed music.

For this song, bd594 used an HP Scanjet 3C for the vocals, two hard drives for the drums and cymbal, two oscilloscopes, one fed with audio from an Amiga 600 bass and one with a guitar, and, creatively, a xylophone as the xylophone. The hard drives and the xylophone are all controlled by a PIC16F84A microcontroller

Bd594 recognizes that the stepper motor on the HP Scanjet 3C lags a bit due to its large size and the time it takes to play a note, but with some compensation from programming, you can’t really tell.  

This video is pretty popular. Within days it broke the million view mark and after 9 months it has over 3.5 million views. Not quite up there with the original, which has over 415 million views, but not too shabby, either, considering most of the videos I post to YouTube have a grand total of 12 views (thanks Mom and Dad!).

For comparison, here is the original.

So which do you like better? For me, it depends on my mood, but when I want to see a naked guy get painted so that he blends in with the background, I always go for the original.

If you prefer the computer generated song, you will also probably like bd594’s robot band playing Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger with a Stephen Hawking-like voice for the vocals. I would have posted it here, but I don’t think my editors would have taken kindly to the swearing. But here’s the link so you can view it on your own. Enjoy!

See also:
Hard drive in slow mo'
An orchestra of floppy drives makes beautiful music. No lie.

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