Though Portal 2 released quite a while ago with a couple of its own new, catchy songs, the original Portal's "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton is, ahem, still alive and kickin'. We've seen it played by a quartet of floppy drives, and while that was mightily impressive, this rendition by Chris DePrisco, played by a laser etching the Aperture logo into metal, is nothing short of incredible. Check out the video below.
Floppy drives, one of the many forms of digital storage to become completely obsolete in the past decade or so, have one final use up their collective sleeve: They can play music in a way that is amusing to audiences that are familiar with with what floppy drives were originally used for. That is to say, in a few years, kids won't find this amusing because the only frame of reference they'll have is videos of floppy drive songs. But I digress. The joke is that the floppy's are singing "Still Alive" when they are an entirely antiquated storage mechanism. Haha! Also it is Portal reference; the kids love those. Huzzah! Tape of the performance after the jump. What? No one uses tapes any more either?!
Today in things that seemingly exist solely to make geek bloggers weep with joy: YouTube user Tritex989 managed to recreate "Still Alive," the Jonathan Coulton-penned Portal theme song, in its entirety using Minecraft's new music blocks.
As i predicted it doesn't sound anywhere near perfect because i'm missing some notes because of the 2 octaves restriction. And the laggy redstone is messing some chords up! There's two parts of the song i had to lower an octave to get it to fit. But with that said i hope you can still enjoy it! :) The total Project took me about 5-6 hours to complete.(via @thinkgeek)
The director of the Gifford Children's Choir of Racine, Washington is a self-described "VG addict," and it showed in one of the choir's recent performances: They sang "Still Alive," the Jonathan Coulton-penned closing theme to Portal.
The video quality isn't the best, but the performance is, well, a triumph. Also, in case you missed it: Ars Technica recently reported that Jonathan Coulton will be creating music for Portal 2, which is great news.