December 30, 2013 AT 3:00 am

Antique Computers Sing Carol of the Bells

Old skool speech synthesis courtesy of James Houston and The Glasgow School of Art (via prosthetic knowledge):

Season’s Greetings and best wishes from The Glasgow School of Art for 2014.

This year’s seasonal e-card comes from alumnus James Houston. James graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2008 with a first class degree in Visual Communication. He works in Glasgow as a moving image maker. 1030.co.uk

The ensemble: A collection of vintage Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1 and a SEGA Mega Drive perform a rendition of “Carol of the Bells” with lyrics re-written by Robert Florence & Philip Larkin in the Mackintosh Library at The Glasgow School of Art. Jacket by Ten30.co.uk (Alan Moore, GSA Textiles alumnus 2008).

James aimed to create a piece of Christmas music by appropriating past Christmas gifts. “I discovered that a few had the capability for speech synthesis so the obvious next step was to figure out how to assemble a choir.” he said. “This is a process which is based on the last piece of work I did as a student at GSA.” (See James’ Degree Show film – Big Ideas (Don’t Get Any).

See more from James Houston at 1030.co.uk!

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