Blue Monday: how would it sound with 1930s instruments

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It’s a video that went viral some time ago, but it’s always nice to watch it again: uploaded directly by BBC Arts, the video below shows a mysterious, masked collective of four elements, Orkestra Obsolete, committed in the re-making of Blue Monday in an totally different version. The famous hit by New order (which ended among our seven songs to celebrate the 80s) is played using only instruments available in the 1930s, including some instruments now considered antiquity pieces: the theremin, the siddley bow, the hammered dulcimer, the harmonium, the zither, the musical saw, even the edges of singing glasses. If you don’t know these tools, you’ll have to go through some parallel research. Or watch them directly in action.

Orkestra Obsolete play Blue Monday using 1930s instruments - BBC Arts

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