Hail The Machines: An Electronic Tribute To Carol Of The Bells

Hail The Machines: An Electronic Tribute To Carol Of The Bells

It's a lovely thing when a chorus of voices comes together to perform that Christmas classic, Carol of the Bells. But hey, who needs humans? This season's audio-visual holiday card from the Glasgow School of Art is an electronic masterpiece, bringing together a selection of vintage Mac computers, a Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum + 1, and a SEGA Mega Drive to make beautiful music together.

GSA grad James Houston headed up the incredible effort, taking advantage of the speech synthesis function of these classic machines, while Robert Florence & Philip Larkin had some fun with the lyrics (below). Time to grab a glass of nog, press play, and sing along (because who really knows the words to the original, anyway?):

HAIL THE MACHINES

SWEET OLD MACHINES

BLOW OFF THE DUST

WIPE OFF THE RUST

CHRISTMAS HAS COME

JOY IS FORETOLD

FOR THOSE OF US

YOU NEVER SOLD

STILL WE ARE HERE

STILL FULL OF CHEER

JUST PLUG US IN

IT WILL BEGIN

FRIENDS US AND YOU

FRIENDS WE ARE TRUE

WE HAVE NOTHING

BETTER TO DO

BLEEP BLOOP BEEP BONG

HEAR OUR SWEET SONG

IF NONE OF OUR

CODING IS WRONG

BY THE WAY WE REMIND YOU THAT YOU COULD

PLAY WITH US EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR

JUST IGNORE THAT OUR CASING IS ALL MUCKY

WE'LL STILL LOAD FOR YOU IF WE ARE LUCKY

GIVE US A THOUGHT

BLOW IN THE SLOT

TIGHTEN THE SCREW

WE WILL COME THROUGH

YOUR DREAMS AND PLANS

YOUR TINY HANDS

FOCUSED AND PRIMED

SINCE YOU WERE NINE

NOW ON THIS DAY

YOU CAN REPLAY

MISSIONS OF WHEN

YOU'RE YOUNG AGAIN

FESTIVITIES

AROUND THE TREE

NEW GIFTS EMBRACED

WE'VE BEEN REPLACED

PHONE IN YOUR HAND

BEST IN THE LAND

CAN'T TAKE YOU BACK

TO WONDERLAND

BUT WE CAN BRING

BACK EVERYTHING

JUST REMINISCE

DIGITAL BLISS

THINK I MIGHT GET A

NEW MODEL THIS YEAR

THE ONE I HAVE IS

SO 20 -- TWELVE

I BET YOU WATCH THIS E CARD ON A SMART PHONE

ACH WE WISH THAT WE COULD BE A SMART PHONE

SAFE TO SHUT DOWN

WE MUSTN'T FROWN

OUR SONG IS DONE

LOFT HERE WE COME

BEEP BEEP BEEP

LIKE AND RETWEET