Polybius by James Houston – Dead media played as a musical instrument

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Scottish artist and filmmaker James Houston has been toying with the idea of recreating music using old computer hardware for some years now - much before the HP ad, utilising dead media as an instrument, picking out recognisable sounds these devices produce. When these "instruments" come together, and if you were born in the 70s, there is an immense amount of familiarity, as if transported into the past but clearly located in the present, as the melodies linger the familiar tune.

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