Video: 1980s Dot-Matrix Printer Plays Bach

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 10:00 AM

A dot matrix computer printer plays Bach A dot matrix computer printer plays Bach

Draft or letter quality? This old dot-matrix printer churns out more than carefully aligned pages of text. It plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for the (slightly grander) pipe organ.

The use of outdated electronics to play Bach is not an entirely new phenomenon, however. Predecessors include pieces on 8-bit Commodore 64 computers and musical floppy discs. We're still awaiting a St. Matthew Passion on an Atari with joystick soloists. (YouTube video via CNet.)

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Charles from Houston, TX

Jared, I can agree that it is a bit shrill, but I think you are missing the humor.

Aug. 31 2014 12:44 PM
Jared from Greenwich CT

Well as far as 8-bit/Chiptune "music" goes, this is at least a loftier attempt at something interesting.
Amusing it is to hear Bach (devoid of any soul) techno-spewed out this way-but after 3-4 min I couldn't
take it anymore; it is piercing and shrill which adds to the annoyance.

8-bit music has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, with geeky tinkerers taking apart
early nintendo gameboys, consoles and microcomputers to give their music chips new life. This experimentation has been going on for decades, but more recently it as turned into a more realized genre-however imo this
is highly debatable. 8-Bit Peoples and other "music acts" have done some interesting things, there's actual
8-bit festivals even (I probably won't be attending!).

Jun. 19 2014 01:15 PM

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