Regardless of whether you're talking about croonings of the ineffable Frank Sinatra or the first laptop ever made, we at GeekTech have a soft spot for the classics. That said, there's something extra-special about when people put all these things together to create, say, a rather stellar rendition of Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' out of old, outdated machinery.
According to the description on the associated Vimeo page, the idea for this came about after the people involved were commissioned to build a MIDI orchestra for Grey London and Brother from old computer junk. After they had done so, they went ahead and did it for real.
Various devices, all of which had been previously destined for the landfill, were located, taken apart and reverse engineered so that they could be controlled via MIDI. Though the makeshift orchestra was made to play Badman Will Cohen's arrangement of Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changing', Chris Cairns, who posted the video, noted that these mechanical musicians are capable of not only playing any MIDI arrangement but also of live performances.
All said and done, however, what really, really impresses me about this whole thing is their choice of songs. Classic Bob Dylan? Ancient, unwanted peripherals? Tell me that wasn't perfection right there.
This story, "Outdated computer peripherals play Bob Dylan, can't play harmonica yet" was originally published by TechHive.