Tuesday, March 10, 2009


After posting Mistabishi's sampled computer printer tune last week, some kind Maniacs pointed me towards other musical uses of this noisy/tuneful obsolete office technology:

[The User] is a Canadian duo who created a half-hour long piece in 1999 using a dozen or so printers that was performed live. Judging by the pictures I've seen of it (such as the one to the left) it must have been quite a sight. It certainly sounds good. An album was released in 2002.

[The User] "Symphony For Dot Matrix Computers (excerpt)"

Japanese electro-pop producer Cornelius' 2006 album "Sensuous" also makes good use of a printer in this brief jazzy electric piano ditty:

Cornelius: "Toner"

Thanks to Anonymous & Eddie!


Anonymous said...

Don't forget Paul Panhuysen's Engines of Power and Love CD from 1992 -- music scored for computer dot matrix printers. That and "A Precise History of Industrial Music" from Nurse With Wound's A Sucked Orange ca. 1989.


Anonymous said...

I'm the dude who hipped you to The User. I believe they actually have another CD (or at least another recorded performance). I've got it, and it's at least as good as the first. I honestly really like some of those "songs".