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TEDxAldeburgh - Modified Toy Orchestra - Surplus Value. What Makes an Audience Tick?

The Modified Toy Orchestra discuss habit-breaking in songwriting and looking outside our traditional sense data.In 2010 Modified Toy Orchestra released their second album "Plastic Planet". Five years in the making, Plastic Planet continues the philosophy which began with their debut album "Toygopop", performing everything live with a collection of repurposed children's toys. Converting abandoned play things into exotic new musical instruments, Modified Toy Orchestra explore the latent potential and surplus value inherent in these liberated circuits. Guided by this hidden world they seek to make a form of music devoid of personal narrative or autobiography. Instead they ask bigger questions about or relationship with "the next new gadget", the desire for the constant upgrade, and the possibilities for problem solutions hidden from our gaze by perceptual habit. The result of this ongoing investigation has been called cinematic, dark, joyful and life affirming. It is rare to hear an electronic live performance that has no midi, no sampling, no synthesizers, no laptops. In fact, no conventional instruments of any kind.About TEDx, x = independently organized eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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