Big Ideas (Don't Get Any): Radiohead "Nude" Played With Computer Parts


Fun starts at around 1:09

We've posted about a disk drive hacked to play the Imperial March and a scanner playing Beethoven's Ode to Joy on Neatorama. Now, listen to this: "Big Ideas (don't get any)" by James Houston re-mixed Radiohead's song "Nude," played on old computer hardwares!

Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their album - "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set. [...]

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) "Big Ideas: Don't get any" I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to. [...]

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

Hit play or go to Link [Vimeo] - Thanks Rodney McDonald!

Previously on Neatorama: Take a Stroll Down Computing Memory Lane


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anyone else think these things are kinda stupid? i can't even listen to any of them without wanting to tear my ears off. it's like a dog-whistle..
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Nice to see that you guys posted this! I've been listening to this lots this past week, it's the best remix of "Nude" that I've heard so far. It's lightyears ahead of the rest.

Ratz, those harddrives are actually being used as speakers. They're playing Thom Yorke's vocal parts.
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Oh man, that's terrific! I want a making-of video. How do you tune the HDDs and were the platters actually spinning? If not, why aren't they covered in scrapes from the drive heads (I see one of the drives on the bottom right is missing the head armature altogether). Cute!
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