On the most recent installment of Boing Boing Video, Russell Porter reports from last year’s Loop Festival. There, he interviewed minimalist/glitch-pop trio Micachu and the Shapes. What makes them especially interesting to us is that they’re inspired by the experimental composer Harry Partch. And like Partch, they make a lot of their own instruments and incorporate junk, toys, and everyday machines (like vacuums) into their music, which is surprisingly hook-laden and lyrical.

BB Video: Micachu and “maker” music, the Russell Porter interview

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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