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VIDEO: Check Out This Unusual Way of Making Music

One group has developed a mesmerising musical technique.

Open Reel Ensemble
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Tape is usually used to play things, but rarely is it used to play things on. However, one group has developed a mesmerizing technique that will leave musical instrument purists reeling…

Open Reel Ensemble describes itself as a group that perform by manipulating reel-to-reel tape recorders. They use direct contact with the tapes to create various sounds and resonances. It is all recorded as they perform, making this a truly live performance art.

The trio has won international acclaim, performing in cities worldwide. They were hired as ISSEY MIYAKE’s musical director for the Paris Fashion Week four times a row!

Their live performances are on a grand scale, as you can see from this image of their set-up:

As well as percussive creations, the trio also makes melodies:

You can check out more from the group, including upcoming performance dates at their website.

Are you feeling reel-y inspired after watching all that? If so, why not find out how to unleash your inner musician

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