Watch a short documentary about an artist who makes music with forgotten home appliances

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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.



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