Brian Eno composed the Windows 95 startup theme...on a Mac

Who knew? It turns out that those soothing chimes that greeted you when you fired up your Windows 95 PC some 16 years ago, were not simply tossed together by some musically inclined member of the development team. Microsoft actually hired ambient music legend Brian Eno to compose the piece, and best of all, he did the job on a Mac.

Eno says that Microsoft gave him a list of about 150 adjectives that should describe the piece, including words like "inspirational, sexy, driving, provocative, nostalgic and sentimental." Then they capped it off by saying that the piece could be no longer than 3,8 seconds.

Eno revealed that he submitted 83 pieces for Microsoft to choose from. When asked whether he composed the music on a PC, Eno responded "No I wrote it on a Mac. I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them."

Just in case you forgot what the little ditty sounds like, check it out in the video.

BBC, via Gizmodo

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