The House of the Rising Sun, electronically


The orchestrator of this performance writes:

While following on the coat tail of my first popular video “Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Old School Computer Remix” I tried to change the venue and built a couple of robot bands (yeah! machines that play actual instruments). These videos didn’t fair as well so i decided to go back to the basics and create another video utilizing old computer equipment. For this video i recorded each instrument separately with a decent stereo mic and i also used a mixer to adjust the audio levels. i would like to point out that absolutely no sampling or audio effects were used.


a. HP Scanjet 3P, Adaptec SCSI card and a computer powered by Ubuntu v9.10 OS as the Vocals. (hey, the scanner is old)

b. Atari 800XL with an EiCO Oscilloscope as the Organ

c. Texas instrument Ti-99/4A with a Tektronix Oscilloscope as the Guitar

d. Hard-drive powered by a PiC16F84A microcontroller as the bass drum and cymbal

I was very pleased how the hard-drive drums turned out and they sound great.

BONUS: “The House of the Rising Sun”, historically

BONUS: A possibly annoying self-narrated quasi-performance of the song:

BONUS: Nina Simone performs the song:

BONUS: (The) animals perform the song: