Vintage computers sing
a Christmas carol

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Dezeen Music Project: a choir of outdated computer equipment and games consoles performs a rendition of Carol of the Bells in this music video by Glasgow filmmaker James Houston.

Vintage computers sing a Christmas carol

Houston created the video as a Christmas e-card from The Glasgow School of Art, from which he graduated in 2008. "I thought it would be wise to do a song or a track," Houston told Dezeen. "Music is the best way to get festive."

Vintage computers sing a Christmas carol

He used speech synthesis on some of the machines to make them sing while the other consoles sound the four repeated notes from the tune of Carol of the Bells, a Christmas carol composed in the early twentieth century.

Vintage computers sing a Christmas carol

Houston wanted to continue his work using old technology to create sounds and images, and combine it with showcasing his old Christmas gifts: "The idea was to get a collection of old Christmas presents, stuff that I've been given over the years and try to make music out of that."

Vintage computers sing a Christmas carol

All the machines are his own apart from a couple of items he sourced via Twitter. Old Apple Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1 and a SEGA Mega Drive are among the choir. The ensemble sings lyrics by writers Robert Florence and Philip Larkin about gaming at Christmas, which Houston did a lot as a child.

Vintage computers sing a Christmas carol

"Christmas for me is mostly about gaming," he explained. "Each Christmas is delineated with whatever game I was playing at the time." The video was filmed in The Glasgow School of Art school's Mackintosh Library, where the machines were unpacked and arranged on a table among Christmas decorations before playing the festive song.

  • shaurz

    An even better rendition by Linus Åkesson on his “Chipophone”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-L2m6a0Nwo

    It seems to be quite the trend these days to create musical compositions from obsolete computing equipment.