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A Scanner Performs Gotye's ''Somebody That I Used to Know''

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A new spin on a popular tune.

Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' has received a lot of air time as of late. First released in the summer of 2011, the song gained worldwide popularity thanks to a UK and U.S. release in later 2011/early 2012. Fast forward ten months and the song is still played very regularly on the radio, and numerous covers and remixes are available on YouTube. Still, what's one more?

The video below shows a version with an Amiga 600 Bass on left audio output and guitar on right audio output, two hard drives as the drums and cymbal, a xylophone, and an HP Scanjet 3C as the vocals. YouTuber bd594 explains that both the hard drives and xylophone are controlled by one PIC16F84A microcontroller and each audio channel was fed into an oscilloscope.

Check out it out:

Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know

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    SteelCity1981 , October 3, 2012 4:51 PM
    Robot American Idol. lol
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    jacobdrj , October 3, 2012 4:56 PM
    Lol! Fantastic...
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    pacioli , October 3, 2012 5:02 PM
    I loved this one!
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    acadia11 , October 3, 2012 5:10 PM
    Was annoyed after about 60 secs, but still nice job.
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    nukemaster , October 3, 2012 5:11 PM
    I could be wrong, but is that not a scanner?

    I remember that noise. Good old HP. Please wait while warming up........buzz buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. and that is just the preview :) 
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    InvalidError , October 3, 2012 5:15 PM
    There is a bunch of pretty good floppy-music clips on Youtube. Many game music ones but also some pop songs like "What is love" and LFMAO's hits.
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    Zingam , October 3, 2012 5:16 PM
    Jane, seriously... printer???? If you cannot make a distinction between a printer and a scanner, how could you write for a technical site?
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    luciferano , October 3, 2012 5:24 PM
    I don't have one like the model in the video, but I'm pretty sure that it's a scanner. It doesn't look like it also has printing capabilities to me, but IDK.
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    cRACKmONKEY421 , October 3, 2012 5:33 PM
    LOL!
    Someone had way too much time. I feel a bit like I have too much free time on my hands after watching the whole thing. Good job, but yea.. WTF is this for? Seems like a lot of work to get some internet trolls to LOL :) 
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    CaedenV , October 3, 2012 5:52 PM
    that was pretty well done!
    Back in the day my dad use to program punch cards so that the interference from the CPU would play music via a radio. Fun stuff.
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    JMcEntegart , October 3, 2012 6:48 PM
    nukemasterI could be wrong, but is that not a scanner?I remember that noise. Good old HP. Please wait while warming up........buzz buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. and that is just the preview

    ZingamJane, seriously... printer???? If you cannot make a distinction between a printer and a scanner, how could you write for a technical site?


    Sorry, sorry. Mistakes happen. All fixed. Thanks, guys!
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    tmc , October 3, 2012 7:01 PM
    Next time, try some of the crazy frog tunes... or Gangnam Style.. this would be more topical or uptodate..
    BTW, We know the EU people are unemployed, but really? This much time on your hands? JK, would like to see s'more..
    The Commodore cult lovers make the Apple cult look like a bunch of wannabees.. The true techies from back in the day actually loved the technology and found new and non-conventional ways of using it beyond it's percieved limits..
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    noblerabbit , October 3, 2012 8:43 PM
    no no no NO NO! Gotye tune plagiarises scanner!
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    Dupontrocks11 , October 3, 2012 9:04 PM
    If my scanner/printer did this on bootup, I wouldn't kick it as much!
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    nukemaster , October 3, 2012 9:58 PM
    Make it play with floppy drives :) 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY0mDRrqcVU

    I want an Arduino just to do this any maybe play with led/motor control.
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    gerchokas , October 3, 2012 9:59 PM
    I just loved it. :D 

    pd. check youtube's comments, some are hilarious
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    billgatez , October 4, 2012 8:41 AM
    Wow you guys are late with this singing scanner's stuff. What's next the singing flops drives? Or the singing tessla coils?
    This guy did bohemian rhapsody like 2 years ago and it's much better.