A scanner is a kind of robot, right?
In the spirit of Christmas — and more specifically, in the spirit of this awesome technojunk cover of The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” — I present this video in which a drum-playing robot and a repurposed Hewlett-Packard scanner play the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy.”
Granted, the scanner is a bit heavy on the treble, and the drummer lacks any sort of jazzy improvisational skills, but given that these mechanical horrors have no ability to feel joy during this holiday season, they do a pretty solid job in recreating the song.
If anything, this serves as a reminder that even broken down technology can find a purpose spreading joy and cheer to its fleshy human masters. Which, in itself, is a reflection of the message of the song; that regardless of one’s social standing, monetary wealth or value to humanity as a whole, we all have something to contribute to the world.
Am I stretching to find meaning for this clip? Absolutely, but it’s in the spirit of the season, so anyone who disagrees with me is a godless heathen.
Happy holidays everyone!