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Sometimes, you just gotta watch a dot matrix printer play 'Eye of the Tiger'

When the guys in Survivor wrote "Eye of the Tiger" at the behest of Sylvester Stallone back in 1982, the last thing they probably expected was to produce an inspirational montage anthem that would go on for decades. Well, it did, and now the machines have learned to play along.

Sometimes, you just gotta watch a dot matrix printer play ‘Eye of the Tiger’

When the guys in Survivor wrote “Eye of the Tiger” at the behest of Sylvester Stallone back in 1982, the last thing they probably expected was to produce an inspirational montage anthem that would go on for decades. Well, it did, and now the machines have learned to play along. 

OK, not “machines” in the royal sense—more like an old (super old) dot matrix printer. Created by Vimeo user MIDIDesaster, the printer in question has been converted to a MIDI sound generator that’s capable of playing nearly two-dozen notes at once. In non-geek speak, it’s a little sound box that approximates musical tones from instruments with electronic ones. 

The result isn’t totally unlike a miniature punk rock band hammering out a glitch-laden cover of Survivor’s hit—sans lyrics, of course. If ever there is a retro-futuristic Rocky reboot, this is the track to lead the charge. Get pumped below:

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[Laughing Squid]

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