December 5, 2023

Released 40 years ago this week (listen to the original EP version here), New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ became, according to the BBC, ‘a pivotal link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that began in the late Eighties. .” If you frequented a dance club in the 80s, you know the song.

The original “Blue Monday” never quite won me over. I’m much more Rolling Stones than New Order. But I am interested in the adaptation above. This version, created by the “Orchestra Obsolete”, attempts to imagine what the song would have sounded like in 1933, using only the instruments available at the time – for example, the BBC writes, a theremin, a musical saw, a harmonium and a prepared piano. Quite a change from the Powertron Sequencer, Moog Source synth and Oberheim DMX drum machine used to record the song in the 80’s. Enjoy this little thought experiment put into practice.

If you would like to sign up for Open Culture’s free email newsletter, you can find it here.

If you would like to support the mission of Open Culture, please consider making a contribution to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue to provide the best free cultural and educational materials to students everywhere. You can donate via PayPal, Patreon, Venmo (@openculture) and Crypto. Thanks!

Note: An earlier version of this post appeared on our site in 2016.

Related Content:

Radiooooo: A music time machine that lets you hear what was played on the radio at different times and places

Soviet inventor Léon Theremin demonstrates the Theremin, an early electronic instrument that could be played without being touched (1954)

Meet the “Telharmonium”, the first synthesizer (and predecessor to Muzak), invented in 1897

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *