In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the ship computer HAL sings about Daisy in "A bicycle built for two" as he is dying. This Swan song can be a backdrop for Crashing Happy. It became a CD released in 2006 five years after the initial publication of the sound examples below.
"When I returned to BEK from my piano exile in June 2001, I was made aware of some strange noises emitting from the computer in the sound studio. After some investigation, it became apparent that the noises were the result of a curious combination of conflicting apps, drivers and hardware. As the G4 froze, it seemed like it played back all its RAM as sound. The machine crashed in a spectacular piece, reproducible, but sonically different on every new crash.
Or: As it died, all it remembered was sound. It was a full blown automatic computer concert."
BEK invited 7 composers to remix the computer concert, and the result is on the release. It has taken years to complete this project, so when these remixes finally reaches its audience, we are celebrating the 5 year anniversary of this historic crash concert. The 7 composers are: Espen Sommer Eide, Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Francisco Lopez, Øyvind Brandtsegg, Ulf Knudsen, Thorolf Thuestad and Jørgen Larsson. The two CDs are the one with the original crash and the other with the 7 remixes.
Jørgen Larsson's piece "Please don't let me know when":
Everyone is invited to download the complete original crash concert and use it as you wish. There are only two things I ask of you:
1. Send me a copy of your work.
2. Respect the license: Crashing Happy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
The original text from 2001:
Crashing computers are mostly boring; everything freezes and you have to restart or give up. The crash automata music machines (CAMMs) on the other hand, start playing wonderful music during their last minutes of up-time. CAMMs often play back random access memory (RAM) as if it was sound, because we make them believe that everything they remember is music. Sometimes CAMMs can be created, sometimes they create themselves. CRASHING HAPPY is a double CD-release, whth the PT_BEK on the first and remixes by 10 composers on the other. Everything is created by the machines. The first release, "CRASHING HAPPY - PT_BEK" involves a master CAMM, which has been working for all the composers and sound artists at BEK, the Pro Tools MIX24 system in the sound studio at BEK.