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Band uses sounds from 80s computer

Remember the Commodore 64? Some years ago, a group of computer science graduates from the University of Copenhagen, set up a band using its tones

In 2000, six students of the Department of Computer Science started joking about putting together a band for The Party, a computer festival.

»By a strange coincidence one of the event organizers heard about this and booked us before the band was formed!« says Jesper Holm Olsen, one of the guitarists of the band, PRESS PLAY ON TAPE, to the University Post.

»We got together and started playing old Commodore 64’s tunes, and we realized how great it was to hear them played using real instruments« Jesper adds.

See a press photo of the band here.

All time best seller

The Commodore 64 is a thousand times less powerful than a modern computer or smartphone, and is named after its 64 kilobytes of memory. It is the bestselling computer of all time.

13 years after their first concert, the PRESS PLAY ON TAPE band is still regularly playing together:

»We found a niche which fits our musical ambitions: we have great fun reliving the old days and if anyone likes them too, this is even better!« one of the guitarists says.


On YouTube, one of the most popular PRESS PLAY ON TUNE songs is Retro Action, an addictive cover of the dance hit “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi.

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