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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by macdon401, Sep 9, 2005.
Read a funny story in this forum, wondering if anyone knows when this sound started on Macs?
I think it was the Quadra 700...
I was told its supposed to be a like a musical cord? Not crazy about it either way!
"Put your hands up and step away from the Bong."
History of the Mac Startup Sound
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Mac Crash and Startup Sounds
It depends on your definition of "bong".
The successfull POST sound has been in ALL (except the Lisa) Macs since the dawn of time.
Now is that ever a straight line. M-u-s-t r-e-s-i-s-t.
Anyway, yes -- the original Mac bonged. The chord was introduced, I'm almost certain, with the Mac II.
I've always liked the Quadra LC475 startup sound. I wouldn't call it a "bong" though. It's a full, rich open chord, open with the 3rd in the bass. The PowerMac's startup (if I recall), always reminded me of the Carpenter's "Close To You".
This could be me crossing wires, but I seem to recall that Brian Eno had a hand in the Mac "Bong". Anyone else remember this?
[Edit]: Wow, this was my 500th post... It only took 20 months!
As much as I love Eno I'm sad to say that he worked for the Evil Empire:
The Microsoft Sound
Ha. Looks like memory serves.
Nice article, aricher. Factoids like this are a guilty pleasure of mine.
I always liked the startup sound. Though I don't think there's an onomatopoeic word that describes it accurately - certainly not "bong".
Aw jeez - I'll never listen to An Ending (Ascent) again the same way...
as i've said before, the PowerMac 6100/66 is my favorite startup sound, a guitar-twang version of the chord. They're all great in their unique ways. Until, of course, Apple decided to make them all the same...
Oh god. I thought I'd never hear that Windows startup tone.
Was that Win. 95 and Win. 98?
I love hearing the Mac startup sound
Eno worked for the evil empire? Explain!
Was clicking the link just too difficult for a Friday?
Oh. Didn't see the link in my Friday snooze time.
Well, I still like his work pre Evil Empire, like David Bowie's LOW.
The Quadra 660AV (I still have mine ) was the first Mac to use the same startup sound that is still being used today. Anyway, you'd think Apple would update the chime soon; they started using it in 1993!
But he created that sound on a Mac
first off this is a great thread, my congrats to the thread starter
and 2, I sure hope they don't update the chime sound, that one that is now used is in my mind quite iconic, espicially now that the whole line has been synced up...
I'm pretty sure it's in C major and is a first-inversion tonic chord, with the bass played by a pan-flute, and the top three done.. something else.
Then again, I just jumped on the piani and I was totally wrong. but I DID READ that somewhere.
ugh. the third is IN THE TOP, kudos to me for reading the whole thread and links posted therein before posting from memory.
Well, third in top, third in bottom.. same thing, right, Mendelssohn? (hehehe.)
on a side note, G5 user for over a year now (and Mac) and ive never heard a Crash Noise HAHAHAHA. now my pc....totally diff. story. Funny I had to visit a site that had sound bits up so i could hear what a Mac crash noise feels like.
I love it *goes and pets my Mac*
i can't remember a mac that didn't get a hit from a bong at start-up