While our gadgets get better all the time (faster, smaller, more storage and functions), the beloved old gadgets we were so proud of, and spent so much time with, languish in basements and garages and attics -- gone, yet never forgotten.
If you have a bit of electrical know-how, though, you can give them a new lease on life, as Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker James Houston did. He rigged together a 1988 Sega Mega Drive, a 1982 Commodore 64, and a bunch of old floppy and hard drives to play music, controlled live via MIDI.
The song, written and performed by electronic musician Julian Corrie, is called "Polybius" -- named for an 1981 arcade tube shooter of urban legend that was said to send its players insane. … Read more