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Cars and Gary Numan and Gary Numan’s “Cars” | Light and sound #adabox10

When looking at the joys and wonders of light and sound, I couldn’t help but think of Gary Numan playing “Cars” on a bunch of cars in this old advertisement for batteries. Check out the clip and the making-of feature below.

Over three days in the desert, a team of six engineers worked on 24 cars and removed the batteries from each. Instead, they connected them all together to a central computer and a keyboard. The horns inside the cars were removed and instead an MP3 player was used to tune it. The entire set-up was hooked to one DieHard battery.

As Numan hit each key on his keyboard, the software turned on the lights and sound for the corresponding car, says Brent Bushnell, who works at the Labs. Since the stock car horns in each car couldn’t be tuned, the group inserted their own horns into each car. The horns were tuned using MP3 players. When Numan pressed a key, a signal was sent to a controlling computer which called on a relay to activate the horns and lights simultaneously.  – WIRED

The lad stays busy. In my view Pure from 2000 is especially underrated.


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