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Update 10/14: Answer and winner below.

We’re back with another installment of our Name that Tech Tune challenge, with a different twist this time.  Rather than naming the song, your challenge is to identify the type of instrument playing the tune.

If you’ve never played the contest before, here’s how it works: Listen to the sound below, and if you know the answer, send it to From the pool of correct answers, we’ll pick one person at random to win our prize.


(Here’s a direct link to the MP3 for anyone who prefers that.)

Yep, it’s the Imperial March from Star Wars, but the answer we’re looking for is what’s generating the tune in this particular version of the song. As a hint, in case it’s not obvious, this is not a traditional musical instrument. For more context, here’s the Name that Tech Tune segment from this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast, with guest Andru Edwards of GearLive joining us in the studio.


(Here’s the MP3 of the segment)

The prize this week: A copy of the new book Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, by Jeff Jarvis.

Once again, if you know the instrument playing that tune, send it to

We’ll give the answer and name the winner next week. Check back for this week’s show on GeekWire this weekend, or tune in at 7 a.m. Saturday morning on KIRO-FM in Seattle. You can also get every episode of the GeekWire show using this RSS feed, or by subscribing in iTunes or Zune.

By the way, the answer to last week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge was Gears of War. The song, the Gary Jules version of “Mad World,” was used in an ad for Gears of War 2, below. Congrats to our winner, Phil Smith, whose name was selected at random from the 38 correct answers we received. He gets a Gears of War 3 Limited Edition game. Thanks to everyone for playing!

Update 10/14: The answer: Two floppy disc drives. See the video below. Pretty cool, huh? Congrats to our winner, Mike Evans.

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