VIDEO: British pop band unite with German trash orchestra

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The Local - [email protected] • 11 Mar, 2016 Updated Fri 11 Mar 2016 11:42 CEST
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When British synth-pop duo Hurts teamed up with Germany’s most popular late night entertainer - they gave 'trash music' a new and brilliant meaning.

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.

This isn't the first time Böhmermann has venture into English song performance. In 2015 he released a hilarious song about the then Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who had caused outrage in Germany by calling for Greece to cancel its debts to the EU.
 
Reporting by Raphael Warnke

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