Orchestra, Plugged: Heritage Orchestra and Scanner Rework Joy Division

The orchestra might once have seemed the antithesis of rock and electronic and amplified instruments. But now, the lenses of electronic sound and recording can be second nature. Yes, that’s London’s Southbank Royal Festival Hall – and yes, that’s a whole bunch of microphones amidst the music stands, feeding a massively-multichannel mix of the ensemble and blurring the line between acoustic and non-acoustic. There’s also the unmistakable panel of a Moog Little Phatty in one shot. But the project may be just as noteworthy for its reworking of Joy Division, whose post-punk sounds would have a profound impact on aesthetic …

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