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SCRAPHEAP SYMPHONY - Old Computers Play ‘The Times They Are A Changin’

Posted by Hoob on November 6th, 2012
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What better way to introduce a new piece of computer equipment than to have all its predecessors play The Times They Are A Changin By Bob Dylan.

The video creation is the baby of Chris Cairns and the printer company, Brother.

SCRAPHEAP SYMPHONY from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.

Official Video Description
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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