ART ON ATCN: James Houston

Sometimes, I see art/design work and think to myself, "why didn't I think of that?" – this is one of those moments. Radiohead held an online contest to remix 'Nude' from their album 'In Rainbows'. James Houston's response to the brief was grouping together a collection of old redundant hardware and use them as instruments to create sound. I like the digital vs. analogue aspect of this project. James actually missed the contest deadline, but I thought i'd post it up here for you to enjoy.

*If you haven't heard Radiohead's 'Nude' listen to it here before viewing the video. :)

Big Ideas (don't get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.

Meet the band:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX



Props: James Houston is a Graphic Designer who recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art Design. Big up.


clav said...

Sometimes I really do have to kick myself... hard.

About 10 years ago I did a hip-hop beat using sounds from a typewriter, photocopier and a scanner - I'll try to have a word with Biz to see if I can put it up on here.

To be fair though I'd never have thought to use my Spectrum tape noise for a beat (I still have my +2), that sound used to annoy the hell out of me!

But well done James... it's a good look son.

Anonymous said...

YES james!

i love it. very clever


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BIG POST! Sorry but im going to steal this for my blog. lol