Björk commissioned several custom instruments for the shows surrounding the release of 'Biophilia' - one is a hybrid gamelan celeste; the original steel bars of a vintage orchestral celeste were replaced with bronze tonebars hand-made by UK cymbalsmith Matt Nolan, and the instrument was rebuilt and MIDIfied by Iceland's top organ-maker, Björgvin Tòmasson.
I filmed Matt in his workshop in UK, then we flew to Iceland to finish commissioning the instrument in Björgvin's seaside organ factory. Due to the timescales involved, it was recorded in-situ for Björk's 'Biophilia' project, which was released shortly after.
This is a 2-minute brief montage of the making of the 'Gameleste' - the soundtrack was composed by Matt Nolan largely using treated percussive sounds.
Camera: Andy McCreeth
Editing: Andy McCreeth and Matt Nolan
Soundtrack Music: Matt Nolan
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