Polybius: James Houston Makes Music with Old Technology

Polybius: James Houston Makes Music with Old Technology Including a SEGA Mega Drive, Commodore 64, and Floppy Drives  music video

Polybius: James Houston Makes Music with Old Technology Including a SEGA Mega Drive, Commodore 64, and Floppy Drives  music video

As he sits at the bottom of a dry swimming pool, musician James Houston is joined by an orchestra of outmoded technology in this brief new music video titled Polybius produced by Bold Yin. In place of drums or other instruments, Houston instead uses a SEGA Mega Drive, a Commodore 64, several floppy disk drives and old hard drives to create the accompaniment. The artist refers to the track as a “nostalgic farewell to forgotten friends,” and although it ends a bit abruptly, I found it to be unexpectedly lovely.

You might remember a similar piece by Houston from almost five years ago when he created a killer cover of Radiohead’s “Nude” using a similar approach. Not to be outdone, PURETUNE also covered House of the Rising Sun using a wide variety of legacy computer equipment. (via The Fox is Black)

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