Kevin Reilly on comp.sys.sinclair uncovered some unintentional humour in season 1, episode 13 of CSI: Miami which UK-based geeks of a certain age will appreciate. Listen carefully to the following clip (MP3, 481K):
Notice anything? Yes, their expensive new XRF machine appears to be a Sinclair Spectrum making tape loading noises. But as if that’s not geeky enough…
The combined forces of comp.sys.sinclair have identified the data in question as the loading screen to Sabre Wulf by Ultimate. Check for yourself – it’s a perfect fit. (MP3, 5K)
How did we discover this? Because it’s been previously documented that Aphex Twin used exactly the same sample on the track Corn Mouth, that’s why. Right down to the tell-tale beep at the end that appears to indicate that the game was copied with Keysoft’s The Key duplication utility – naughty naughty. (MP3, 215K)
So, we have a mystery on our hands. How did this recording end up in both places? Did it find its way onto a sound effect compilation as ‘generic computer sound number 23′, where it was rediscovered by (known Spectrum fan) Aphex who was amused enough to use it in one of his compositions? Or is Aphex Twin moonlighting as a sound technician on CSI: Miami? I think we should be told.
Update (2008-02-08): Eagle-eared (hmm, what is the appropriate metaphor for someone with really good hearing? Bat-eared? Dog-eared?) viewer Kevin Reilly once again noticed the very same sound clip, this time on CSI:NY where it was playing the part of a time machine. No, really.