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The Microsoft Sound

Postby TomTom » Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:14 pm

I stumbled on this in a Wikipedia entry on Brian Eno, and it struc me as hilareous, ESPECIALLY the last paragraph, and I don't remember ever reading it before, so if anyone else actually reads this, I hope it brings a smile to you as well ...

The Microsoft Sound

In 1994, Microsoft designers Mark Malamud and Erik Gavriluk approached Eno to compose music for the Windows 95 project. The result was the six-second start-up music-sound of the Windows 95 operating system, "The Microsoft Sound". In an interview with Joel Selvin in the San Francisco Chronicle he said:

The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I'd been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, "Here's a specific problem – solve it."

The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah-blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said "and it must be 3-1/4 seconds long."

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It's like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made eighty-four pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I'd finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.

Eno shed further light on the composition of the sound on the BBC Radio 4 show The Museum of Curiosity, admitting that he created it using a Macintosh computer, and stating "I wrote it on a Mac. I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them."
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Re: The Microsoft Sound

Postby TomTom » Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:29 pm

If anyone wants to hear the Windows 95 Startup Sound by Brian Eno - The Microsoft Sound - check out this 7 second Youtube video.

Or check out the original article, "Who Created the Windows Start-Up Sound?", with info on who created the Intel sound, the Win 95 sound, theMac sound and more.
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Re: The Microsoft Sound

Postby TinyJWRinLC » Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:49 pm

Great and funny find. I'm filing it my "oddities" notes. Someday I'm going to sit down and write an article on weird items I've collected.
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