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Boston Typewriter Orchestra Makes Music in the Nerdiest of Ways

by Shane McGlaun
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We have seen people make music using some strange instruments over the years. The use of hard drives as MIDI instruments to make music comes to mind. Now we have an orchestra, if you can call a bunch of dudes that bang on obsolete office equipment an orchestra. These guys call themselves the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, and they play music on old typewriters.

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Basically they bang on the keys for sounds, whack carriage returns, and smack typewriter lids. I remember messing with the fancy IBM electric typewriters at my mom’s work as a kid – they do make some cool sounds.

These guys incorporate singing or at least spoken word into their music. The result is something very nerdy, but pretty darned cool as well. You can check out a couple of their performances below:

[via Laughing Squid]



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