Watch 'Somebody That I Used To Know' as rendered by devices you used to know
Who needs a lead vocalist when you can have an old HP Scanjet 3C take center stage? YouTuber BD594 has been experimenting with music and things comprised of high-powered circuitry for a long time now, but this may well be their best piece of work yet. At least, we certainly think so.
Here, the vocals are performed by an old HP Scanjet 3C. There, the drums and cymbals are being manned by a musically-inclined pair of hard drives. As for the xylophones, they're apparently the province of BD594's glockenspiel.
According to the YouTube video's description, BD594 has an Amiga 600 Bass on the left audio output and a guitar on the right audio output, both of which were fed into an oscilloscope. Though probably not immediately obvious to anyone but BD594 and music connoisseurs, it appears as though there's some lag when it comes to the vocals.
"In order for the stepper motor to play a note it has to be moving and with that large carriage it takes a few milliseconds before it can play a note. It doesn't sound like a lot of time but stretch that over a 4 minute song and voila—out of sync."
Either way, it's an exceptionally well-made production. With any luck, the music industry might pick up on the idea and replace Auto-Tune-loving singers with an Atari 2600 instead.