Old tech bands together for ‘House of the Rising Sun’ cover

This old-tech band does a pretty mean cover of "House of the Rising Sun."

Screenshot by Bonnie Cha/CNET)

First, there was “The Imperial March” and now, there’s “House of the Rising Sun.”

The traditional folk song is just the latest tune to be covered by an unlikely group of musicians: old computer equipment. YouTube user bd594 assembled a handful of old tech to re-create the tune made famous by the English rock group The Animals in the mid-1960s.

In his video description, bd594 explains that he used an Atari 800XL with an EiCO Oscilloscope to play the part of the organ, while the combination of an HP Scanjet 3P, Adaptec SCSI card, and an Ubuntu v9.10-powered computer provided the “vocals.” The guitar section was performed by a Texas Instrument Ti-99/4A computer with a Tektronix Oscilloscope, and a hard drive powered by a PiC16F84A microcontroller created the bass, drum, and cymbals section.

Each instrument was recorded separately and then mixed; bd594 insists no sampling and audio effects were used in the recording session. What results is a pretty impressive and fresh take on the song.

Bd594 has already done a couple of other high-tech/old-tech covers, including The B-52s’ “Rock Lobster” and Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People.”… [Read more]

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