We, and by we I mean isthis.gd, built a MIDI orchestra for Grey London and Brother 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 Bonnie Anthony, Jason Oakley and all at Partizan, Neil Mendoza, Marek Bereza, Will Cohen, Stefan Dzisiewski-Smith, Justin Pentecost, Mike Harrison, Mat Holloway, Liat Wassershtrom, Ben Joffe, Tim Leask, Jack Ellis, Ozzie Pullin.
Awesome cinematography by Denzil Armour-Brown and Daniel Lowe. Tight edit by Ross Hallard.
Post and psychotherapy by Sheldon Gardner and time-based-arts.com
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I also read the Youtube user’s comments and they said it is a shameful copy of James’ Houston’s work. I found James Housten’s radiohead remix remixed and the opening sound seems to be the same sound from Brother’s video although the remix goes off into another direction.