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Jingle Bells Played With Graphics Card, Santa Wonders Why

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the send-that-man-a-guitar-pick dept.

Christmas Cheer 103

As if the entire office full of guitar-controlled lights wasn't enough to make any holiday complete, some enterprising geek has taken it upon himself to give you a rendition of Jingle Bells played on his graphics card heat sink. He probably wont debut at Carnegie Hall, but I'll give him points for effort.

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Finally.. (2, Funny)

wallyhall (665610) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810024)

Finally a use for that old GeForce 4 MX! Some people have far too much spare time...

Re:Finally.. (1)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810192)

More than someone. What board and lonely guy saw this and said "I gotta post this to slashdot!!!"

Re:Finally.. (1)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810222)

You mean bored?

I thought it was pretty cool. NI = National Instruments. I've used their software and hardware for years.

Re:Finally.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21816598)

Think you mean Native Instruments, buddy.

Re:Finally.. (3, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810368)

It's Christmas Eve. How many bored and lonely guys are posting to Slashdot?

What's worse is the fact that my wife is next door at the neighbors', I have a brand new bottle of whiskey downstairs, and I'm posting to Slashdot. Wow.

Re:Finally.. (4, Funny)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810442)

It could be worse - your wife could be next door, you could be drinking heavily, *and* posting to Slashdot.

Re:Finally.. (2, Funny)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810516)

I'll get right on that.

Re:Finally.. (1)

cavebison (1107959) | more than 6 years ago | (#21813896)

The only reason I can think you'd be drinking heavily at such a time, is you've seen the Robot Chicken Half-Assed Christmas Special.

Re:Finally.. (1)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810920)

I'm watching the kid and enjoying a glass of wine & reading the "n, funny" posts on Slashdot.

Could be worse. We could've been born that Starwars kid, or Sting.

Re:Finally.. (2, Funny)

NeverVotedBush (1041088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812162)

I think Sting has it pretty good - he is rich beyond belief, has a pretty wife, and is into Tantric sex with her. My life should be so bad... ;-)

Dude. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21812304)

I'm next door, with your wife. We figured you might be posting to Slashdot, just thought we would check.

Re:Dude. (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812636)

If that's not some funny shit, I don't know what is. Somebody please mod parent up. I'm ass-deep in that bottle of whiskey now, typing at about 20 words per minute trying hard not to make a typo. My wife has informed me that she would like some lovin', and I'm off to bed shortly. Goodnight, all, and Merry Christmas!

Re:Dude. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21814856)

Your wife already had some luvin'. Twice. She's just covering her tracks.

Dumbest video ever (5, Insightful)

MerlynEmrys67 (583469) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810026)

Sorry, I was expecting someone to have found a way of controlling the video card fan to belt out jingle bells, or some strange hum in the graphics system. This... Now this is stupid. I mean what next - someone doing the same thing with glasses of beer, or bells, or ...
Give me my 30 seconds back

Re:Dumbest video ever (1, Funny)

wallyhall (665610) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810090)

Perhaps some Guitar Hero controlled Christmas tree lights? Got to be the coolest cubical ever!

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

FireNWater (1182607) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810406)

Mentos & Diet Coke?

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

MrNonchalant (767683) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810522)

Wait. So you have all of YouTube, all of College Break, and all of America's Funniest Home videos to work with, and this is the dumbest video ever?

Re:Dumbest video ever (2, Funny)

ters a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!* (1177175) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812938)

drink-get mix ; drink-get smash ;exit

Re:At the end, other video linked was better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810598)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYA0o99dS5A [youtube.com]

You know, at the end of the vid, how youtube shows you some other vid frames you can load a new vid. Saw this one, funny commercial. I suppose I won't name it to spoil it. But ROTFLMAO... Much better than jingle bells on a graphics card...

I want those seconds back too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21811486)

A girl pretends to suck cock but in fact sucks ramen. Great, truly.

Re:Dumbest video ever (3, Interesting)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810630)

How about an industrial motor?

I heard a story while I was working at a drive system design/assembly firm about a fellow who, back in the early days of digital drive systems, took a tape recorder, hooked its output up to an analog input on the drive, and used the signal of his voice on the tape to modulate the torque command to the motor, thus resulting in the motor vibrating out the sound of his voice.

Of course, the better stories I heard while I was there involved runaway motors tumbling across the shop floor (they're supposed to be bolted to the floor) or rotors breaking off through the motor housing and lodging in the shop roof. Fortunately, a greater understanding of digital drive systems and better safety practices made the union grievance the only scary thing on the shop floor while I was there.

Re:Dumbest video ever (2, Interesting)

Matthew Bafford (43849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811324)

How about an industrial motor?


Or an F1 motor? For example, Renault:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eoe8hEzdZ8 [youtube.com]

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811370)

mmm, in that video it sounds like they aborted part way through the tune, I think I remember hearing a more complete version on top gear.

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

revengebomber (1080189) | more than 6 years ago | (#21813472)

I heard a story while I was working at a drive system design/assembly firm about a fellow who, back in the early days of digital drive systems, took a tape recorder, hooked its output up to an analog input on the drive, and used the signal of his voice on the tape to modulate the torque command to the motor, thus resulting in the motor vibrating out the sound of his voice.
You mean like the HDSS [afrotechmods.com] ?

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811216)

Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't even sound like it's in tune.

Re:Dumbest video ever (2, Interesting)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811998)

Here you go then: Tempest For Eliza [erikyyy.de] .

You can use your (CRT) monitor to generate tones that can be received on an AM radio. It shouldn't be a stretch to make it play Jingle Bells.

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

smurgy (1126401) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812842)

I remember getting Apple IIe floppies to play tunes. This wasn't hardware hacking, and it wasn't even well played.

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 6 years ago | (#21815058)

Sorry, I was expecting someone to have found a way of controlling the video card fan to belt out jingle bells
Don't go giving people any ideas now. Next thing you know, a virus starts to spread that plays jingle bells by switching the monitor resolution really fast.

Re:Dumbest video ever (1)

nobaloney (1012719) | more than 6 years ago | (#21815466)

Back in the early days of the first TRS-80, my company Practical Applications, now out of business for many many years, issued a music program for the Radio Shack TRS-80. It relied on the non-shielding employed (or should that be the shielding not employed on that early personal computer, and we offered both a musical keyboard and also some available music.

The sound came from the speaker of any nearby AM-band radio.

I want my 36 seconds back. (3, Insightful)

recoiledsnake (879048) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810036)

Seriously, I was expecting something along the lines of a program that used the hum or whistle of the fan and speeded up or slowed down the fan to get the jingles. This isn't even funny.

Re:I want my 36 seconds back. (3, Interesting)

Hollinger (16202) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810282)

Here's a formula one car playing "When the Saints Go Marching In," [youtube.com] complete with blue notes from the exhaust ports.

Re:I want my 36 seconds back. (1)

Kris_J (10111) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810512)

And here's a scanjet playing something classical [youtube.com] . Sorry for being peasant and not knowing the tune.

Re:I want my 36 seconds back. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810580)

It's Für Elise [wikipedia.org] by Beethoven.

Re:I want my 36 seconds back. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21815368)

That is Für Elise by Beethoven.

Re:I want my 36 seconds back. (1)

NormalVisual (565491) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810652)

At work we can make music using a Q-switched laser on aluminum plate. I need to see if I can get a video of that to put up on YouTube. :-)

Re:I want my 36 seconds back. (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812278)

Hell, I was expecting it to play music by modulating power usage of the chip via what kind of instructions are executed, causing changes in the switching power supply noise.

well, maybe the rhythm of Jingle Bells... (4, Informative)

harlows_monkeys (106428) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810038)

I didn't hear a lot of the notes from Jingle Bells in there.

Re:well, maybe the rhythm of Jingle Bells... (5, Funny)

sentientbeing (688713) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810058)

They were all there - just in the wrong order.

Re:well, maybe the rhythm of Jingle Bells... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810448)

merry jingle bell christmas to let me hear that rhythm [dwarfurl.com]

Parent is spam-obscured link (1)

sethstorm (512897) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811306)

N/T

Re:well, maybe the rhythm of Jingle Bells... (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810062)

A few of the notes were there. It definitely sounded like a lot of them were missing, though.

I appreciate the effort ... (2, Insightful)

eck011219 (851729) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810060)

... but that "Merry Christmas" at the end has a decidedly ominous vibe to it. Maybe a little more time out socializing and less time plucking at one's graphics card ...

Seriously, though, yet another interesting holiday re-use of equipment. My sarcastic comments aside, Merry Christmas back to him.

floppy drive motor (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810094)

There are programs that make the Commodore 1541 floppy frive stepper motor play tunes.

Re:floppy drive motor (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810292)

Here is an example video from YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gnMgmlKi_o [youtube.com]

Re:floppy drive motor (1)

bdjacobson (1094909) | more than 6 years ago | (#21813130)

Check out Treewave; this guy uses a Commodore 64 and printer head moving back and forth to make his music.

Sleep.mp3 [qotile.net]

There's another song available free; also at treewave.com

Madonna is way better. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810096)

This is amateur.

Madonna is the best!

http://www.madonna.com/ [madonna.com]

No one else is as good!

Re:Madonna is way better. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21811240)

This is amateur. Madonna is the best! No one else is as good!
FWIW, I wasn't aware that Madonna was even able to play the heatsink. Though I hear she does a mean rendition of "Let It Snow" using the screeching of a 1982 dot matrix printer.

You insensitive clod.. (0, Offtopic)

sw155kn1f3 (600118) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810132)

I have a passive cooler on my card.. No jingle bells for me? :(

Re:You insensitive clod.. (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810324)

I got some spam the other day that should be able to help you out with that "passive cooler" and your "jingle bells".

Re:You insensitive clod.. (1)

MadnessASAP (1052274) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810354)

You get Jingle Bells, it'll jsut be a few octave lower as you pluck away on those large heat sinks of yours. Maybe you can even make a xylophone out of the heat pipes.

Re:You insensitive clod.. (1)

jo42 (227475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21815682)

No fans on any video cards around here - we like our Peace & Quiet.

Santa Wonders Why (3, Funny)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810152)

He's not the only one.

Seriously... (1)

skeftomai (1057866) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810172)

...ScuttleMonkey. You can do better than that. This is not news for nerds, and it does not matter.

It is, (1)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810220)

This is not news for nerds, and it does not matter.

I don't know. That guy sure looked nerdy to me and he did a really nerdy, maybe even dorky thing.

Re:It is, (1)

tristian_was_here (865394) | more than 6 years ago | (#21813260)

Do you think that could be his way of picking up chicks? Playing Jingle Bells using his GFX card heatsink.

And Slashdot turns into Digg. (-1, Troll)

had3l (814482) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810176)

Whats next? "TOP 10 TV BOOBS" and "RON PAUL TAKES A DUMP (PICS)"?

Re:And Slashdot turns into Digg. (0, Offtopic)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810202)

TOP 10 TV BOOBS

Yes, please!

Re:And Slashdot turns into Digg. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810362)

You know, I could go for Top 10 TV Boobs... it'd be far more interesting than this video.

'Software-only' solution (1)

quazee (816569) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810178)

You know, some older motherboards have these 'singing' coils - if you write a simple loop that changes the power draw of the CPU roughly 500-2000 times per second, you can make audible sound.
I bet you can play Jingle Bells this way without having to take anything apart :)

Grammar check!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810196)

As if the entire office full of guitar-controlled lights wasn't enough to make any holiday complete . . .

As if the entire office full of guitar-controlled lights weren't enough to make any holiday complete . . .

Re:Grammar check!! (2)

i.of.the.storm (907783) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810314)

No, wasn't is referring to office not lights. Office is the subject, full of guitar-controlled lights is a modifying phrase. If you're going to be pedantic, at least do it right...

Re:Grammar check!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810438)

No, "weren't" is correct. It's the so-called "subjunctive" form of verbs we use in counterfactuals, as in, "If I were a rich man."

Re:Grammar check!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810466)

You only use "were" there because the pronouns "I" and "you" are treated as plural.

For instance, you would say "If Doug was a rich man".

Re:Grammar check!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810616)

You all need to get lives. Real ones, not the kind you blow up.

Guitar Hero Lights (2, Informative)

cobryson (957109) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810210)

So then how 'bout the Slashdot users mod up the Engadget Guitar Hero controlled Christmas light article so it makes the front page? The YouTube link is here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkyrcW24USI In my opinion the work and ingenuity in this are a little lesser than 32 synchronized channels of Guitar Hero goodness. Disclaimer: My brother and I are the architects of the Guitar Hero (Frets on Fire) light display, so yes, I am self-promoting a bit. Thanks for your help!

Re:Guitar Hero Lights (1)

symbolic (11752) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811180)

That was pretty clever. It has "geek" written all over it, and for those that deserve the title, it is one to be held with honor.

Re:Guitar Hero Lights (1)

caferace (442) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811524)

More critically, you deserve credit for convincing your management that that is actually work. Bravissimo! ;)

So what is it? (2, Informative)

neokushan (932374) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810312)

Festive spirit, or incredibly slow news day?
You decide!

Re:So what is it? (1)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810918)

I think a little of both...

Re:So what is it? (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812302)

Really.

*blank stare*

Not really "enterprising" (1)

n8Mills (1000286) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810318)

I think the word "enterprising" where it comes to geeks is overused... as is the word "geek". The most "enterprising" thing about this "geek" is that he went to the trouble to record his "music".

I would have given 10 points... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810332)

...if he'd managed to get the fan to play...

Damn (2, Funny)

Rip Dick (1207150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810490)

If this guy ever did manage to get laid, making this video must have made him a virgin all over again.

Andy Warhol got it wrong . . . (1)

Trongy (64652) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810542)

15 minutes is too long.

Tribute song (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810548)

Graphics Card, Graphics Card,
Strum that heat-sink loud.
More fun than an FPS
Under MS WinXP!

Now for something less lame... (2, Informative)

jay-be-em (664602) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810566)

Wow, I was expecting some sort of ingenuity, not some dude plucking on a video card fan.

This is much more impressive: http://youtube.com/watch?v=0rA-zhTJuFU [youtube.com]

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

the_humeister (922869) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811084)

Just tried it. It doesn't work.

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

DTemp (1086779) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812608)

I hope you seriously didn't just try that... 120VAC and 1.5VDC are different... NO that TV could not be powered by it.

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811554)

Mark Erickson, is that you?

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

Zak3056 (69287) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811964)

Wow. Someone really must have been in the Christmas spirit to mod that post "informative." Here's a hint: 1.5VDC != 115VAC.

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

mikiN (75494) | more than 6 years ago | (#21819060)

That depends. When A,C,V are all unequal to zero, and A = 0.013043478D, 1.5VDC == 115VAC .

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

sepelester (794828) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812934)

rofl

Re:Now for something less lame... (1)

Poromenos1 (830658) | more than 6 years ago | (#21813500)

That's not more impressive. It might even be stupider than TFA.

Boy, that's lame (4, Funny)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810624)

Playing a tune on a graphics card heat sink...

This is how real engineers do it.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mfWj1JZEntI [youtube.com]
 

Re:Boy, that's lame (1)

neminem (561346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811616)

Mod this one up, please.

I Think It's Cool (1)

CarbonRing (737089) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810846)

To all the dorks who misread the post and expected something different: get over it. It says played on a heat sink not played with the fan.

I think it's pretty creative and well done for a 37-second YouTube video.

OMG this must be the worst /. post ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21810888)

Is there a /. post that is worse than this one?

Not what I expected. (1)

dosun88888 (265953) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810894)

I figured he wrote some routines that somehow generated motion in the card due to the field changing relative to the magnet in the fan or something (thereby generating sound).

I don't think that I should have expected that, but I did.

What's Next??? (1)

Hanging By A Thread (906564) | more than 6 years ago | (#21810898)

Ray tracing with a sound card?

Oh Yeah? (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811024)

My harddrive started making clacking sounds, so I tuned it to make xmas songs and its far better th%.~`,. ; `

sound card and am radio (1)

grumling (94709) | more than 6 years ago | (#21811556)

http://www.erikyyy.de/tempest/ [erikyyy.de] is using a video card to make music.

Keep your day job (1)

T1girl (213375) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812472)

Honestly, this makes the http://www.links2love.com/christmas-dogs-cats-jingle-bells-songs.htm [links2love.com] dogs barking Jingle Bells and cats meowing We Wish You a Merry Christmas sound like The Hallelujah Chorus.

Re:Keep your day job (1)

GastonTheTruck (1048316) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812740)

At least it's not dogs and cats living together.

unique (1)

sepelester (794828) | more than 6 years ago | (#21812906)

Unique only in that this could possibly be the worst, most unsatisfying non-news i've ever seen on /. Title says it all. Hilarity ensues. In Soviet Russia, accordion plays geek. Yoda not present in memory tech of the week is. WTF is wrong with you people?

Why it is on slashdot??? (1)

boltik (683813) | more than 6 years ago | (#21813334)

I paly on heatsinks too. I can play Beatles, Metallica, Nightwish, e.t.c. . And i found that you get the best tune of CPU heatsink. It just that i always run out of free time on my hands on B#...

If this get's the frontpage... (0, Redundant)

closer2it (926190) | more than 6 years ago | (#21814100)

I can't see why this Jingle Bells version [youtube.com] doesn't. Because it's a graphic card? Well, mine it's an electronic instrument also, to record the song I also used a piece of technology.

By the way, it's played badly by the guy! Sorry, at least you could practice it a little more.

I'm not trying to be negative or anything, but... I record something that I believe that as some musical value and never gets this recognition.

Well, life isn't fair, right? :)

Re: Jingle Bells Played With Graphics Card (1)

SigmundFloyd (994648) | more than 6 years ago | (#21814724)

meh.

Dragon 32 (1)

Fleetie (603229) | more than 6 years ago | (#21814900)

Back in 1982 or 1983, when I had a Dragon 32, which output its video and audio via a UHF modulator to a TV, I noticed that various on-screen black-and-white (especially) patterns would cause buzz to come through on the TV audio channel (through which the Dragon's deliberate sound output also appeared). Some reader of a Dragon-oriented magazine also noticed this, and submitted a program to draw such patterns to the screen as to cause a "tune" to be heard via the mechanism of this "buzzing" interference between video content and what came out of the TV speaker. It sounded shit. But it kinda "worked".
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