Long ago, Bob Dylan once sang that the times they are a-changin’—and it was true they were and they still are, but back then he couldn’t possibly have imagined that somewhere in the 21st century, his folksy acoustic hit would be covered by a bunch of modems and printers.
But it’s happened courtesy of director Chris Cairns and Isthisgood? and their video Scrapheap Symphony. They built a MIDI orchestra from old photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, printers, hard drives, and modems and programmed it to play the classic Dylan track.
It follows in the long tradition of making music from old computer equipment and Cairns says he took inspiration from people like BD594, who did The Animals’ “House of the Rising” on old computer parts, among many others pieces.
You can watch a making of below.