People taking old hardware and tuning it to make music isn't anything new, but it's not often we see it done on a much grander scale. Today, we can, thanks to some geeks over at isthis.gd. Inspired by other "radical tinkerers", they set out to create a MIDI orchestra for the Grey London PR agency and Brother - a company that makes many things, but one thing we're all especially familiar with: printers.
Understanding that finding old gear was going to be a bit tough, they set out to a landfill, and apparently hit the mother-load. They took the good ones back to their workshop, tore them apart, and like any self-respecting geek, reverse-engineered them. This was necessary in order to get each printer to play the appropriate noise through a MIDI controller. Their song of choice? Bob Dylan's The Times They Are a-Changin'. Epic song for an epic setup.
Here's a shot of the song in their audio editing software:
And for the presentation itself:
If you're interested in seeing how this all came together, hit up the link below. If you want to see how other people have made music with hardware, I'd recommend heading on over to YouTube and searching for 'Floppy Music'. You could never go wrong with Phantom of the Floppera if you don't feel like searching.