Radiohead's "Nude" Re-constructed With Obsolete Computer Gear

Radiohead's "Nude" Re-constructed With Obsolete Computer Gear
Radiohead’s "Nude” remix contest has now come and gone (who "won” that thing anyway?), but that hasn’t stopped an ambitious Scot from getting all 8-bit on the band’s 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 contest’s 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 band’s website, adding "Jonny and I had a spectrum flashback moment.” (Like Peter Kember/Sonic Boom Spectrum or the 8-bit "personal computer”? We’re 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

Houston’s "Nude” remix

Big Ideas (don't get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.