Video: Paweł Zadrożniak’s Floppotron, a desktop orchestra that uses old computer components as musicians, performs one of the greatest ’80s TV show earworms ever aired with a thrilling rendition of the Airwolf theme. I’m also going to award bonus points for using the clicking sound of a wall of disk drives to recreate the sounds of a spinning helicopter rotor.
The Floppotron seems especially well-suited to recreating the electronic synth sounds that are a trademark of ’80s music, particularly the themes and soundtracks to TV shows where networks were eager to find the cheapest way to score each episode. Instead of a full studio orchestra, that usually meant a musician in Ray-Bans and a blazer rocking their heart out behind an electronic keyboard.
Oh, and good luck trying to get that theme song out of your head.