Nude Remix by James Houston

Artist James Houston was somewhat frustrated with Radiohead’s Nude Remix contest, as he put it, “Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that’s played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing.” So he went an entirely different route, drawing inspiration from the lyrics and alternate title, Big Ideas: Don’t Get Any. From that he recreated the song using some really weird shit, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer, a HP Scanjet 3c, and a Hard Drive array, turning these weird odds and ends into his instruments.

What he ended up creating is nothing short of genius. It’s not only the way the song came out sounding, but also in the way he shot the video above. Visually it reminds of the way that Scott Hansen colors his photos, like old sun-damaged film, as well as lots of steady close up shots of all the different pieces doing their part. Radiohead needs to get this guy on the phone and have him make a commercial or something for them, I mean the video has been viewed over 100,000 times in the last 2 days alone, that’s definitely saying something. Here’s hoping we see more from this brilliant guy.


7 Comments Nude Remix by James Houston

  1. Wang June 7, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Thanks for sharing this…it’s brilliant! I was a big fan of the Hipster Runoff remix because it had a similar ironic, half-mocking tone, but this definitely takes the cake…

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  3. John Phillip Stamos June 7, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    He should have drastically shortened that minute-long bit of noice. Brilliant otherwise.

  4. luke June 8, 2008 at 7:21 AM

    i can understand why many folks seem to have missed the point with the “noisy” bit at the front, but i believe it serves as a palette cleanser of sorts. it causes you to shift out of the over-produced, creation-depraved “music” we’re used to in our daily bombardment..i mean, lives and for a brief moment you’re in a state where your mind is able to receive a series of seemingly erratic stutters and bleeps and process them into music. so many musicians, from radiohead to talk talk and deerhoof to toru takemitsu, have employed this same technique for decades to much sonic success. i personally love the intro, but again, i can definitely see how many (who may not start their day with Dat Politics, Nathan Michel, or even, Autechre)would not. it’s all a matter of perception. would it help to think of it as the sound machines make as they come to life and try to communicate with us through song? – what a wonderful notion.

  5. nick June 8, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    this video is brilliant.
    I actually used to have the same scanner and as soon as I heard that sound I was taken back a few years!

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  7. Louise June 19, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    he is from glasgow :)

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