I ran across this CD-ROM while cleaning out some old boxes of SGI software. It contains promotional songs that accompanied the SGI Octane launch circa 1997(ish).
Since the only other links I see online appear to be dead, I will preserve the songs here as a lesson to future generations. Take heed: when your workstations cost five figures, weird marketing isn’t a substitute for performance.
With that out of the way, enjoy some UNIX workstation marketing music from a more light-hearted time in computing history. And don’t worry, the album cover clearly notes, “WARNING: Explicit lyrics do not play backwards.”
- Ignite Your Mind 5.6MB MP3
- I Have A Dream 6.7MB MP3
- OCTANE Swing 5.1MB MP3
- Retro OCTANE 5.8MB MP3
- Knee Deep In 3D 6.6MB MP3
For anyone doubting the pure artistry on display in this musical marketing masterpiece, peruse some sample lyrics.
Knee Deep In 3D:
I can texture and convolute. I'm gonna rotate and spin. These graphics so damn realistic, Oh I think it's a sin. Now I'm seeing virtual reality, Is it liquor or is it truth? Am I seeing advanced 3D graphics, Or just too much vermouth?
I Have A Dream:
I have a dream and it's two CPUs. What this will mean, is no more desktop blues. Modeling and rendering, designing, analyzing, just pick any two. I have one dream and it's two CPUs. I have a dream and it's called a crossbar switch. What this will mean is no big data glitch. Peer-to-peer, have no fear, get data in and out of here, just with the flip of a switch. I have a dream and it's called a crossbar switch.
Octane, we're gonna rocktane. But this thing called Octane, it swings with performance. Octane, competition is inshocktane. But this thing called Octane, it swings with performance. You don't need a hero, You don't need any myth. What you need is some action, So get a load of this. You don't wanna be mediocore, Not just run of the mill, Some computer hacking joker, Baby grab that thrill.