Modified Toy Orchestra presents Plastic Planet


After international performances to critical and audience acclaim, MTO return to their hometown for this UK premiere of their new album Plastic Planet, performed using only modified toys. With its subtle ecological concerns, cinematic soundscapes and joyous electronic pop music, this will be a truly a unique and uplifting experience.

Modified Toy Orchestra rescue electronic toys from car boot sales and convert them into new, strange and wonderfully sophisticated musical instruments. Taking them apart, they find new connections within each toy and explore the latent potential and surplus value inherent in these liberated circuits.

Guided by this hidden world, they seek to make a form of music devoid of personal narrative or autobiography, instead asking bigger questions about our relationship with the next new gadget or our desire for the constant upgrade.

Five years in the making, Plastic Planet continues MTO’s philosophy of performing live electronic music without the use of laptops, sythesisers or samplers. No conventional instruments of any kind are used at all – a philosophy which began with their debut album, Toygopop.

On Plastic Planet they develop further concerns: themes of utopian bliss on Funfair for the Common Man; the rise of the information age on Qwerty, the collapse of empire on Great Kings Fall and the consequences of ecological vandalism on Earth One.

Regular conductors Brian Duffy (’a national treasure’ – mute), Dreams of Tall Buildings Darren Joyce, Pram’s Laurence Hunt and AV artist Chris Plant are joined by new members Graeme Rose and Sean Tighe in this epic UK premiere performance.

Support comes from Matt Eaton (Pram) project Micronormous

Capsule also presented this piece at Manchester Bridgwater Hall on 10th October 2010


Capsule are 10 – Closing Party


The closing party to Capsule’s 10th birthday celebrations will see a gathering of some of Birmingham’s most exciting experimental live acts – paying tribute to the ten years of exciting, genre pushing music that Capsule have produced and provided a stage for. Modified Toy Orchestra are a collection of abandoned and reconstructed Childrens electronic toys, conducted by a selection of musicians to create electronic music in a league of its own. PCM, the dark lords of drum n bass have long been key figures in the Midlands underground dance scene and firm Capsule favourites.




All things avant-garde come to Town Hall tonight, courtesy of Capsule,
one of Birmingham’s most innovative art and music promoters. Capsule
has curated a programme of live performances from two pioneers of the
experimental music scene: Pram and Modified Toy Orchestra.
Modified Toy Orchestra circuit-bend toys beyond their original
capabilities, creating perfect pop songs from imperfect instruments,
whilst Pram Birmingham’s Pram craft fairytales from concrete reality. The second
city’s spin cycle of perpetual renovation, from the slum clearances to
its current cosmetic upgrade, is etched in Pram’s restless groove, an
endearing and gently refusenik mix encircling early Rough Trade
innovators The Raincoats, astro jazz, sci-fi soundtracks, creepy
Victoriana, tropical analogue and tumbledown funk. Joined by Shady Bard, a miniature indie orchestra of pianos, guitars,
casiotones, violin, cello, French horn and samples which burst
occasionally into catastrophic scuzz.

Tickets are £10
buy them here

or phone 0121 780 3333

Town Hall, Birmingham will re-open on Thursday 4 October 2007 with
a two-week festival of events on the theme Celebrating the Past,
Pioneering the Future.


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