Ode to Printers: A Viral-Video Salute to Our 'Fave' Machine

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Printer Music Video

British music artist Mistabishi is known for incorporating unusual sounds into his work--a tradition that began in the 20th century with avant-garde composers such as John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In this video for the single "Printer Jam" from his 2009 album Drop, Mistabishi uses the familiar sound of an inkjet printer as the main part of the song's rhythm section. The song is also highly repetitive, suggesting a never-ending battle between the user and the dreaded jam.

Printer Mischief

Printers can sometimes seem alive. People are always kicking them or screaming at them--and how many times have you heard "That printer is evil!" around the office? Well, you might want to watch out, because when you're not looking, your printer might get even by playing a prank on you.

Printer Sleeps With the Fishes

One of the most famous movie scenes involving everybody's "favorite" office machine is the mafia-style printer death scene from Mike Judge's 1999 film Office Space. Online you can find an endless number of parodies and film-school projects based on it, and I can't think of a more fitting way to end this video collection than with a re-creation of this cult classic.

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