Sibelius’ ‘Finlandia’ played on four electric toothbrushes, because... the Internet is weird
3 July 2019, 16:09 | Updated: 3 July 2019, 20:52
Hear the serene hymn section from Sibelius’ ‘Finlandia’ “sung” by an SATB choir of electric toothbrushes. Yes, toothbrushes.
Filmed by a lakeside in Finland, this video presents a performance of probably the most famous piece of Finnish classical music... played by four electric toothbrushes.
The Finlandia hymn, taken from Sibelius’ symphonic poem of the same name, is a beautiful, serene piece of music for choir.
Some years after composing Finlandia, Sibelius later arranged the hymn for choir. It is now often heard in choral performances as a standalone piece – have a listen in the video below.
So surely, Sibelius would be proud that his hymn is still being performed far and wide – whether by singers or, well, toothbrushes.
Device Orchestra, the brains behind the video, has made it his mission to turn devices into instruments.
On his YouTube channel, he says: “So far I’ve mostly played electronic toothbrushes and credit card machines but there’s more to come.”
“This is the first time that I use batteries as a power source for the micro-controller and the toothbrushes,” the YouTuber continues. “The micro-controller and the toothbrushes fit easily in my backpack.”
Our conclusion? The Internet might have gone too far this time.