SCRAPHEAP SYMPHONY

November 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

Interesting experimental video from Chris Cairns, details below:

So glad to be able to share this!

We, and by we I mean isthis.gd, built a MIDI orchestra from old computer junk. Photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, printers,hard drives, modems and the like.

We thought it’d be most fun to do it for real.

We were really inspired by Tristram Cary, James Houston, BD594 and other radical tinkerers. Making cold stuff warm is fun.

We found loads of old machines destined for landfill, took them to bits and reverse engineered them to make noises that we could control via MIDI.

Badman Will Cohen made an arrangement of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ but the orchestra can play any MIDI arrangement, or indeed be performed live.

Maximum respect to Neil Mendoza, Marek Bereza, Will Cohen, Stefan Dzisiewski-Smith, Justin Pentecost, Mike Harrison, Mat Holloway, Bonnie Anthony, Jason Oakley and all at Partizan, Liat Wassershtrom, Ben Joffe, Tim Leask, Jack Ellis, Ozzie Pullin.

Awesome cinematography by Denzil Armour-Brown and Daniel Lowe. Tight edit by Ross Hallard.

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