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Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Order’s “Blue Monday” Played with Obsolete 1930s Instruments

Diddley Bow imageThis is pretty cool. A group called Orkestra Obsolete uses only obsolete 1930's instruments to play New Order’s “Blue Monday.” The 1983 song (which was the biggest selling 12" ever) was very electronic and very cutting edge for it's time, but this puts an entirely different spin on it.

Among the instruments used are the Diddley bow, hammered dulcimer, harmonium, zither, musical saw, singing glasses, theremin, prepared piano, slit drum and dulcitone. When was the last time you used any of those?

Here's the video. Just for a comparison, the original is below as well.

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