VIDEO: British pop band unite with German trash orchestra
The Local · 11 Mar 2016, 11:42
Published: 11 Mar 2016 11:42 GMT+01:00
- Snooty crowd turns nasty at harpsichordist's Cologne gig (03 Mar 16)
- VIDEO: Are these German 'First Aid Ladies' too sexy? (26 Feb 16)
- The instrument maker bringing sexy back to music (25 Feb 16)
It all started back in October, when Jan Böhmermann - Germany's sardonic answer to Jimmy Kimmel - called on fans of his late night show to send in old electronic scrap.
Printers, hard drives, diskette drives, modems - whatever they used 20 years ago was what he was looking for.
From there, Geekchester was born, a nerd's musical ensemble that formed its beats out of ancient technological devices.
From 16 floppy disk drives, three old scanners, two hard drives, a 24-pin and a 9-pin needle printer, an electric typewriter, a PC tower and a 56k modem, five German geeks managed to assemble an orchestra.
The PC tower became a bass drum. The scanners emit 1980s beeping noises. The internal mechanism of the hard drive clack against the plastic frame. And the printers splutter away as they attempt to print out paper.
Separately they might transport you to a grey office circa 1996, but placed together they result in something truly original.
This, as the video explains is "the wonderful world of German engineering".
The next step was getting a suitably hip bunch of music nerds on board: enter multi-award-winning synth-pop group Hurts.
On Thursday the two forces combined to perform Hurts' song Wings off their 2015 album Surrender.