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#1 Magoo

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 14:39

Yes, it's a totally dumbass stunt but I still enjoyed it: An F1 engine programmed to "sing" the Star-Spangled Banner (the USA's National Anthem) with its exhaust note.

Heap me with ridicule, I don't care. Just look at the Statue of Liberty in the background. And don't forget to remove your hat.

Watch and listen here: Video: F1 engine sings the Star-Spangled Banner | Mac's Motor City Garage


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#2 desmo

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 14:50

Free Bird! Free Bird!

#3 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 14:56

Pffft, electronics. AJ can do that with his right foot.

#4 Tony Matthews

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 16:35

Pffft, electronics. AJ can do that with his right foot.

How? With an accordion?

#5 MatsNorway

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 17:46

As we all now.. a V10 sings better.

#6 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 18:02

I want to see this being used as the anthem before a sporting event. Preferably a race but it doesn't matter.

Aren't there clips going around of other songs being played by F1 engines?



#7 Tony Matthews

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 18:19



And, although not as crisply done...


Edited by Tony Matthews, 20 August 2012 - 18:24.


#8 gruntguru

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 23:22

Pffft, electronics. AJ can do that with his right foot.


. . . and it sounds in tune! (but only to him)

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 23:25

I want to see this being used as the anthem before a sporting event. Preferably a race but it doesn't matter.

Now that would be something. 20+ F1 engines singing in three part harmony.

#10 Bob Riebe

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:57

When people are desperate to sell F-1 in the U.S. they will do just about anything, even at that it is not stupid or even silly, but off key comapred to those who play is on carpenter saws.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:11

Now if only the Indycar boys can do the same.....

I love your National Anthem but boy, do some of the triers that get the pre-start gig, crucify it.
There're some absolute shockers being dished up which I think ridicules the presentation.
I'd rather watch a crowd responding to a pre-recording and see the Anthem getting the credence it has won.

#12 Tony Matthews

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:44

When people are desperate to sell F-1 in the U.S. they will do just about anything, even at that it is not stupid or even silly, but off key comapred to those who play is on carpenter saws.

Well, someone got out of bed on the wrong side...

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:16

Now if only the Indycar boys can do the same.....

I love your National Anthem but boy, do some of the triers that get the pre-start gig, crucify it.
There're some absolute shockers being dished up which I think ridicules the presentation.
I'd rather watch a crowd responding to a pre-recording and see the Anthem getting the credence it has won.

At the Demolition Derby at the county fair last saturday, they used a recording and it was great.

But that F1 version would be perfect for before a demolition derby.

#14 Magoo

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:50



And, although not as crisply done...


Thanks, very cool.

I have to confess that I totally missed these the first time around. I used to deliberately tune out this kind of content -- I was all get-me-to-the-meat-of it. When I recently discovered the extreme popularity of these and similar videos, I was forced to take another look and I'm glad I did.

Along those lines, below is one of the most watched clips ever at MCG: the history of F1 from 1950 to now, compressed to one minute and presented in animated form by Rufus Blacklock. It's really rather brilliant. I especially like the steering wheel and engine icons in the upper right corner.

Link: The History of F1 in one minute | Mac's Motor City Garage

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#15 Grumbles

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 21:34

If you enjoyed the F1 music (and I did), you'll probably find the story of the Telharmonium fascinating as well. It was another example of creating music in an unusual way, this time electromechanically. From wikipedia:

The Teleharmonium (also known as the Dynamophone) was an early electronic musical instrument, developed by Thaddeus Cahill in 1897.[1][2][3] The electrical signal from the Telharmonium was transmitted over wires; it was heard on the receiving end by means of 'horn' speakers.[4]

Like the later Hammond organ, the Telharmonium used tonewheels to generate musical sounds as electrical signals by additive synthesis.[4]
Patent 580035 was filed by Cahill for the Telharmonium in 1896.

Cahill built three versions: The Mark I version weighed 7 tons. The Mark II version weighed almost 200 tons.[3] (as did the Mark III). Each was a considerable advancement over the features of its predecessor. A small number of performances in front of a live audience were given in addition to the telephone transmissions. Performances in New York (some at "Telharmonic Hall", 39th and Broadway)[4] were well received by the public in 1906, and the performer would sit at a console (see picture) to control the instrument. The actual mechanism of the instrument itself was so large it occupied an entire room — wires from the controlling console were fed discreetly through holes in the floor of an auditorium into the instrument room itself, which was housed in the basement beneath the concert hall.

The Telharmonium foreshadowed modern electronic musical equipment in a number of ways. For instance, its sound output came in the form of connecting ordinary telephone receivers to large paper cones — a primitive form of loudspeaker. Indeed, Cahill was noted for saying that electromagnetic diaphragms were the most preferable means of outputting its distinctive sound.

Although no recordings exist of the Telharmonium, observers reported that its sound was very clear and pure — probably referring to the sine tones it was capable of producing. However, it was not restricted to such simple sounds. Each tonewheel of the instrument corresponded to a single note, and, to broaden its possibilities, Cahill added several extra tonewheels to add harmonics to each note. This, combined with organ-like stops and multiple keyboards (the Telharmonium was polyphonic), as well as a number of foot pedals, meant that every sound could be sculpted and reshaped — the instrument was noted for its ability to reproduce the sounds of common orchestral woodwind instruments such as the flute, bassoon, clarinet, and also the cello.

The Telharmonium's demise came for a number of reasons. Its immense size, weight and power consumption (this being in an age before vacuum tubes had been invented) caused obvious problems. In addition, problems began to arise when telephone broadcasts of Telharmonium music were subject to crosstalk and unsuspecting telephone users would be interrupted by strange electronic music. By 1912, interest in this revolutionary instrument had changed, and Cahill's company was later declared not successful in 1914.



#16 desmo

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 21:48

There are few things the world is crueler to than ideas before their times.

#17 Magoo

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 22:43

The Mark I version weighed 7 tons. The Mark II version weighed almost 200 tons.



That's an interesting trend.

This is the greatest message board in the history of the world. Where else can you learn about wonderful stuff like the Teleharmonium?

#18 gruntguru

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 23:29

That's an interesting trend.

Shades of the automobile industry.

#19 Magoo

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 00:07

Shades of the automobile industry.


We added a few things in executive committee.


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#20 Tony Matthews

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:27

It's nothing new in the world of sopranos.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 15:19

When I was in college I proposed an independent study project where I was going to write a program to use a dot matrix printer to play music. I didn't get very far but I did determine that it's possible.

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 17:28

It's nothing new in the world of sopranos.


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#23 Grumbles

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 21:10

When I was in college I proposed an independent study project where I was going to write a program to use a dot matrix printer to play music. I didn't get very far but I did determine that it's possible.


Here is What Is Love! played on eight floppy drives.


#24 gruntguru

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 00:37

Here is What Is Love! played on eight floppy drives.


Now that's REAL love.

Wouldn't be the same played on hard drives.

#25 OfficeLinebacker

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:14

Here is What Is Love! played on eight floppy drives.

It took some getting used to but I really got into it as I listened to it in the background while I read other threads. :up:

#26 DogEarred

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 13:34

[quote name='Magoo' date='Aug 20 2012, 15:39' post='5877379']
Yes, it's a totally dumbass stunt but I still enjoyed it: An F1 engine programmed to "sing" the Star-Spangled Banner (the USA's National Anthem) with its exhaust note.

Heap me with ridicule, I don't care. Just look at the Statue of Liberty in the background. And don't forget to remove your hat.

Watch and listen here: Video: F1 engine sings the Star-Spangled Banner | Mac's Motor City Garage


It's a fact that the accoustics of all contemporary Formula 1 engines are based on 'Like a Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan.

Except for Mecedes of course - they're based on Leonard Cohen....


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 14:07

Here is What Is Love! played on eight floppy drives.


Wow, that's awesome! Never liked the song, but this still makes me nostalgic for a certain time when I used to watch SNL and was still occasionally using floppies.

#28 Magoo

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 23:46

It's a fact that the accoustics of all contemporary Formula 1 engines are based on 'Like a Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan.

Except for Mecedes of course - they're based on Leonard Cohen....


I'm headed over to Fort Wayne tomorrow to see Bob's show, it so happens. I'll check it out.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 07:38

I'm headed over to Fort Wayne tomorrow to see Bob's show, it so happens. I'll check it out.


Say hello to Fort Wayne for me. I used to live there. Where's the concert?
I've been to a few of his concerts too.

#30 Magoo

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:47

Say hello to Fort Wayne for me. I used to live there. Where's the concert?
I've been to a few of his concerts too.


Parkview Field, the baseball park. We're eating at the Powers Hamburger Shop nearby. Said to have the greasiest, onion-est burgers around. We'll see.

Don't know how many Bob shows I've attended. Fewer than Bob I guess.

#31 Magoo

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:51

Here is What Is Love! played on eight floppy drives.


Amazing. You're quite the music connoisseur, we've noticed. Are you a musician by trade?

#32 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:11

It get's even better. The guy who did that(the original), Haddaway, was college roommates with GP2 team-owner Alfonso de Orleans. And attends races from time to time.

#33 Grumbles

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 23:39

Are you a musician by trade?


Some say my guitar playing has a charming, childlike naivety to it.

But others aren't so kind about it....





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Posted 25 August 2012 - 18:28

I'm headed over to Fort Wayne tomorrow to see Bob's show, it so happens. I'll check it out.

I went to see him at the Appollo about 15 or so years ago
thought he was well past retiring then .

#35 Magoo

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 21:06

I went to see him at the Appollo about 15 or so years ago
thought he was well past retiring then .


Just goes to show what a personal thing music can be. To me he gets better every year and last night was no exception.


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:23

Just goes to show what a personal thing music can be. To me he gets better every year and last night was no exception.




Sure it wasn't those mind-bending, greasy, oniony hamburgers talking?.... ("they ain't burnt yet, but they're getting there"...)

#37 Magoo

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 23:52

TEASER!!!

The next fabulous Tony Matthews cutaway at Mac's Motor City Garage will be the Williams FW14. Look for it tomorrow!

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:57

Just as previously threatened, here it is: The Williams FW14 by Tony Matthews. What a car. What an illustration.

THE LINK: Tony Matthews on the Williams FW14 | Mac's Motor City Garage


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Posted 29 August 2012 - 15:24

Incredible artwork (and I think Tony's cutaways are true high art fully comparable to the stuff hanging in prestigious museums even if he wouldn't agree). In many ways this car makes current F1 cars look like a lesser formula.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 16:37

Incredible artwork (and I think Tony's cutaways are true high art fully comparable to the stuff hanging in prestigious museums even if he wouldn't agree). In many ways this car makes current F1 cars look like a lesser formula.


I was thinking that same thing when I was putting the piece together. There was a golden age of F1 technology and today is not it. Not judging, just saying.

... and I was also thinking what remarkable art this is. Tony knows these vehicles in a way almost no one does. Short of disassembling and reassembling the entire vehicle with your own hands, this is it.


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 16:03

Turns out the Red Bull guys weren't quite done.

After the musical recital, they stuck poor old Mr. Coulthard in the car and ran him through the Lincoln Tunnel at a purported 190 mph.

The video:

Red Bull F1 show car throught the Lincoln Tunnel at 190 mph and so on

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