Polybius: James Houston Makes Old Computers Sing From A Swimming Pool


Like many, I was first introduced to the work of James Houston five years ago when he released “Big Ideas (don’t get any)”. Performed on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer, a HP Scanjet 3c, and a Hard Drive array, the video was a strange and beautiful recreation of Radiohead’s “Nude”, where the bips, chugs and hums of the hardware chimed together in sweet unison.

Since its release James has kept busy, working in animation, direction and post production. Recently he teamed up with Bold Yin to create a new track that harks back to his days of “Nude”. Filmed in a dry swimming pool, “Polybius” is a bittersweet love song to everything retro. Performed with an ensemble that includes a SEGA Mega Drive, a Commodore 64, floppy disk drives and hard drives, it is a beautiful track that’s described as a “nostalgic farewell to forgotten friends”. Go check it out! I’m sure you’ll love it.

August 20, 2013