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How do people keep coming up with this stuff (mspaint as an audio track).

How do people keep coming up with this stuff (mspaint as an audio track).

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The imagination of people on the internet continues to astound me.

Todays example: Someone took mspaint.exe and turned it into a PCM .WAV file and then played it.

The truly terrifying thing is that it didn't sound that horribly bad.

TThere’s also a version of the same soundtrack with annoying comments

  • sounds too good to be true

  • For their next trick, they should convert a wav file of "All you need is love" into an .exe file and see what that app can do...

  • @Eber: I tried it myself, using Audacity. It didn't sound exactly the same (I don't know if they used the Windows 7 version of mspaint.exe like I did), but it had some very similar tonal sequences in there. I didn't think this was real either, but after trying it, I think it is.

  • When I was in high school (1972), one of the first computers I played with was an IBM 1620 (Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try). One of the cool things to do with this machine was to put an FM radio close to it and "hear" a program running. The clock rate was so slow that you could hear the instructions--from memory, it sounds like an exe as wav file is about the same...  There were programs written that played tunes on your FM radio.  A walk down memory lane.

  • OOT here:

    Larry, I think there's a bug that UAC notification cause System Sounds volume to be reset back to 100% (from anything below 100% level)? For example, if I set the System Sounds volume level to 40% and open a program, which causing UAC notification triggered, then it would cause the System Sounds volume level set back to 100%. I experience this issue in both Windows 7 RTM and SP1.

  • @Maximilian Haru Raditya: I cannot reproduce that. (Then again, I am not Larry.) I set my volume to 100%, System Sounds to 20%, started an application that needed Administrator privileges and threw me through the secure desktop, and after OKing it the volume was still at 100% and 20% respectively.

  • @JW: I'd say that there's a probability I can't reproduce this issue either sometimes, rarely though. Let's say one time experiment would probably not be sufficient to reproduce it. I consider it to be randomly happening for now, but it does happen. Even, it both happened before I post this reply.

    Did you close Volume Mixer window before opening the program? Since if it's still opened, this issue couldn't be reproduced.

  • I wonder if using that as part of a techno track would be a copyright violation?

  • @Maximilian Haru Raditya: Aye, I tried both with it open and with it closed, and the volumes stayed in place just fine. I haven't spent much time playing around with it though - I keep getting annoyed with the fact I can't doubleclick to get the entire mixer anymore. Clicking the seperate link is bloody annoying. :)

  • This reminds me of the old Sinclair Spectrum computers, where programs were loaded from audio cassette tapes. You could "hear "the bytes loading", and with a bit of practice it was possible to say if it was loading images, headers, code, or something else.

  • klbar: I read that Bill Gates did something similar with the Altair.

  • Sounds like a lot of code duplication to me ; )

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  • If you think that's creative, take a look at this guy: http://i.min.us/ikq8hS.gif :)

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