Brian Eno Composed the Windows 95 Start-Up Chime On a Mac

By Sam Gibbs on at

Well there's a revelation for you. That iconic, ingrained in your Windows-using memory, start-up sound, was firstly produced by Brian Eno, and secondly on a Mac. Seems Brian's not a fan of Windows PCs.

In an interview for the BBC's The Museum of Curiosity, Brian was asked whether he created the little ditty on a PC:

“No I wrote it on a Mac. I’ve never used a PC in my life; I don’t like them.”

Not only did he write it on a Mac, but Microsoft was pretty demanding about what it should sound like. They sent him a brief with around 150 adjectives to describe what it was to be like, and all in 3.8 seconds. I can just imagine how worked up Balmer would have been over this. Now that I know it was written on a Mac, it's time to set that chime as my iPhone ringtone -- worlds will collide. [BBC via ElectricPig]