OS Sound Effect Remixes

OS Sound Effect Remixes

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Updated Apr 09, 2014 at 01:17AM EDT by Brad.

Added Nov 02, 2009 at 07:33PM EST by Jack H.

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OS Sound Effect Remixes are songs that are mainly composed of various sound effects found in Windows and Mac operating systems.


On April 16th, 2006, YTMND user Artman40 created the site "Super Mario XP"[2] featuring a pixel art mosaic of Mario made of titlebar buttons (minimize, maximize and close) from Windows XP. The background music is a rendition of the Super Mario Brothers' Underworld Theme by Koji Kondo, recreated with sound effects from the Windows XP operating system as well as the sound of mouse clicks.

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Glitch Music

OS sound effect remixes can be seen as a subgenre of Glitch music, which is characterized by use of glitch noises or distortions emitted from hardware or software. The theories that would inspire glitch music can be traced back to Luigi Russolo's 1913 manifesto The Art of Noises[9], in which he argued the human ear had become accustomed to the electronic sounds of machinery and therefore music should reflect the new desire for aural sensations caused by artificial sounds. The use of computer-generated sounds was championed in the early 1990s by German musician Achim Szepanski[10], whose music utilized elements from techno, IDM (intelligent dance music) and noise.


The creation of Mario XP was soon followed by other OS sound effect remixes paired with background music from video games including Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!![3], Pacman[4], Megaman[5], The Legend of Zelda[6] and Castlevania.[7] As of April 2014, there are more than 280 sites related to the keyword "XP" on YTMND[8], although many of them appear to be unrelated in content. In June 2007, some of the more notable YTMND Windows XP sites were combined into a YouTube montage (shown below), which has gained more than 166,000 views as of April 2014.

By 2007, a similar fad known as "PC Sound Effect Series"[15] had emerged on the Japanese video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga, drawing heavy participation from the MAD remixing community. As of April 2014, there are more than 710 OS sound effect remixes associated with the term on Nico Nico Douga.[14]

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External References

[1] YTMND – Spazdor's sites

[2] YTMND – Super Mario XP


[4] YTMND – Pacman XP

[5] YTMND – Megaman XP

[6] YTMND – Zelda XP

[7] YTMND – Castlevania XP

[8] YTMND – Search results for "XP"

[9] Wikipedia – The Art Of Noises

[10] Wikipedia – Achim Szepanski (German)

[11] Wikipedia – Mille Plateaux

[12] Nico Nico Douga – Hello Windows

[13] Nico Nico Douga – Sound Effects

[14] Nico Nico Douga – Search results for PC Sound Effect Series

[15] Nico Nico Douga – PC Sound Effects

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