Playing Windows XP Alerts on the Piano

Joey deVilla on accordion.

You're probably aware — by way of my personal blog — that I am a rock and pop accordion player. It's more than just a muscial instrument to me: it's proven to be a great conversation-starter in all sorts of situations, including tech conferences. One of my favourite memories of those heady days of the Bubble was when I ended up leading a parade of geeks with my accordion up Broadway to the Slashdot/VA Linux funding party, singing The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go all along the way. I've come to refer to it as “social hardware”.

It looks as though I can try a new accordion party trick at the next Microsoft event (assuming I ever get invited to them again): playing Windows XP alerts on the accordion. MusicThing has an article with a video of a guy named “TheCanCollector123” who shows how to play XP's musical alerts on a piano keyboard. You'll hear your favourite hits, such as:

  • Chime
  • MSN message received
  • AIM message received
  • GoogleTalk message received
  • Tada

I suppose I could one-up him by demonstrating how to play Vista sounds on a piano keyboard…


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