Published Jun 11, 2008Radioheads "Nude remix contest has now come and gone (who "won that thing anyway?), but that hasnt stopped an ambitious Scot from getting all 8-bit on the bands ass. Gathering up a bunch of obsolete computer gear, James Houston, a graduating student from the Glasgow School of Art, has revamped "Nude into what is likely the most original and interesting makeover of the track yet.
Houston explains: "Based on the lyric (and alternate title) Big Ideas: Don't get any I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there. It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to.
Despite Houston missing the remix contests deadline, he has posted a video of his composition (which was his final project for school) online. Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood found it and described the track as "brilliant via the bands website, adding "Jonny and I had a spectrum flashback moment. (Like Peter Kember/Sonic Boom Spectrum or the 8-bit "personal computer? Were guessing the computer.)
If you are a gearhead or regularly dumpster dive for computer parts, here is what Houston used to create his "Nude remix:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX
Houstons "Nude remix
Big Ideas (don't get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.