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The Modified Toy Orchestra have a philosophy of performing everything live with a collection of re-purposed children’s toys.., converting abandoned playthings into exotic new musical instruments, and then exploring the latent potential and surplus value inherent in these liberated circuits. Guided by this hidden world they seek to make a form of music devoid of personal narrative or autobiography, instead they ask bigger questions about our relationship with “the next new gadget” the desire for the constant upgrade, and the possibilities for problem solutions hidden from our gaze by perceptual habit. The result of this on going investigation has been called cinematic, dark, joyful and life affirming. It is rare to hear an electronic live performance that has no midi, no sampling, no synthesizers, no laptops, in fact no conventional instruments of any kind.

MTO have live dates coming up:

8th September at Birmingham Town Hall
10th September at Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Hey, what about the title of the topic?

Oh, that's from the band's appearance on the BBC website.  After all, these AA batteries are dangerous...

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BuzzSkull32 (author)2011-08-26

This video was beatiful even though I did not listen to the music this was an incredible video.

-BuzzSkull32, If I have been offensive in any of my comments please tell me and I will remove them and be more polite.

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remi_sinato (author)2010-09-18

Wow! I'm with V-Man, this is overwhelmingly awe inspiring. go little guys go! :D

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lemonie (author)2010-09-05

Speak n spells eh?
Looks good.


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V-Man737 (author)2010-09-04

I think I actually shed a tear.

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-09-04

Circuit bent instruments/machines are in fact modified samplers or synthesizers albeit they are on one chip in the toy. No wonder it sounds pretty good.

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