Modified Toy Orchestra
Modified Toy Orchestra explores the hidden potential and surplus value latent inside redundant technology; a process creating sophisticated new electronic instruments from abandoned children’s toys. We have been at the forefront of a worldwide underground movement called circuit bending which involves rescuing children’s electronic toys and converting them into new strange and wonderfully sophisticated musical instruments. Taking them apart, you find new connections hidden within each toy’s circuits that reveal new sounds, exposing the surplus value of redundant technology. Toys are reassembled, including switches and dials with which to control this surplus value. The results of this process can be shockingly beautiful, funny and also extreme. 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.
Brian Duffy is the founder of the experimental group, Modified Toy Orchestra and was a part of Faster Than Sound Game in 2012 performing with Richard and Modified Toy Orchestra alongside a small chamber ensemble in a set of brand new commissions. Read more about Brian Duffy and the Modified Toy Orchestra here.