May 09, 2007

Mobile Phone Rockers: The Handydandy

Handydandy.jpgIncluded in the programme at the recent Mobile Music Workshop in Amsterdam was a performance by the world's first Bluetooth-enabled rock band, the Handydandy. This quintet of Austrian media artists, who formed in 2005, attach guitar straps to mobile phones, sling them around their shoulders, then "play" the the phones like electric guitars; ripping through all the traditional rockist poses as they dial up sound sources on nearby laptops. For some gigs, they even encase the mobiles in plywood cut-outs of Flying Vs so they can smash them at the end of the set. (A video of some of this plywood "guitar" smashing action can be downloaded here.) For more videos of the Handydandies in action, check out this set on YouTube, and if you want some mp3s, drop them a line - they have a limited run album coming out this month.

Oh, and if you're after a job, they're looking for a cell phone tuner (skills: roadie-experience, rodeoing with at least one of these bands: meat loaf, alice in chains, trail of dead or the nihilist spasm band) (via We Make Money Not Art)

Posted by Warren at May 9, 2007 12:48 AM | Experimental | Mobile Phones