The YouTube channel has released the latest installment of its artist documentary series. This week’s video is about Ei Wada, a musician in Tokyo who makes music from old media, like open tape reel recorders, VHS tapes, and boxy TVs.
First spotted by , the clip follows Wada as he discusses his unusual tools and artistic process. Wada takes viewers on a tour of his local stops in Tokyo, including the only lab in the city where you can develop 8mm film, a steel factory, and his studio. He’s in a band called Open Reel Ensemble, and has a solo project called Electronicos Fantasticos!
Near the end of the video, Wada crafts a kind of theremin / nu-wave guitar out of an old standing fan. He says his music comes from the electricity of appliances, with his body acting as an antenna.
The entire thing is a fascinating look at the second lives of forgotten objects, and it’s worth a watch.