386 DX Singing Computer.
A replica of the legendary "386 DX" - a cyberpunk rock computer-performer. This computer is operated by Windows 3.1 and sings a-la HAL from Space Odyssey 2001. It is accompanied by ancient sound card which generates MIDI sounds of guitars, drums, etc. 386 DX's repertoire incudes, among others, songs by Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley and Jim Morrison.
"Although on the surface the music of 386 DX is undeniably humorous, the project uncovers a series of deeper questions about the complexities of authorship in the digital age. 386 DX was invented and developed by Alexei Shulgin in 1998. The "band" has "performed" ... in various locations throughout Europe and the U.S., and also "plays" in public spaces as a street musician. Who, exactly, is 386DX? 386 DX is a computer, built by a hardware manufacturer, who plays songs written by famous groups, using software created by a third party company. So to what extent can Shulgin claim ownership of 386 DX? Does this project make him a musician or merely a technician? Is there a difference? Based on the evidence, it seems that Shulgin prefers to keep things ambiguous. He lists himself in the liner notes as "Operator" and includes software on .... The songs are just so plain absurd that they are sure to bring a smile to even the surliest of faces." - Noel Morrison, Epitonic.com
Shipped without monitor, keyboard and mouse. 10 songs included.