Modified Toy Orchestra
In session tonight with their bits and bobs it's the Modified Toy Orchestra. Five years after the release of the debut album Toygopop, the band release Plastic Planet Feb 11 2011.
MTO explore the hidden potential and surplus value latent inside redundant technology; a process creating sophisticated new electronic instruments from abandoned children's toys. They have been at the forefront of a worldwide underground movement called circuit bending, which involves rescuing children's electronic toys and converting them into new strange and wonderfully sophisticated musical instruments. Taking them apart, they find new connections hidden within each toys circuit that reveal new sounds, thus exposing the surplus value of redundant technology. Toys are reassembled, including switches and dials with which to control this surplus value. The results of this process can be shockingly beautiful, funny and also extreme.
Brian Duffy on Toys, Darren Joyce on Toys, Laurence Hunt on Toys, Sean Tighe on Toys and finally Greme Rose on toys - phew.