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surplus value


And in its completeness – Brian Duffy presents to the TEDx audience at Aldeburgh (5th Nov 2011), after which he introduces the Modified Toy Orchestra for three numbers, A Grand Occasion, Great Kings Fall and Black Star. See also from the TEDx Aldeburgh documentation; Kathy Hinde‘s Piano Migrations Jennifer Stumm‘s The Imperfect Instrument Hannah Brock […]

The mto in the dressing room at Snape Maltings, prior to Brian’s TEDx talk on “Surplus Value”, rounding off an inspirational day of ideas and performance; Here are two accounts on the day’s events, from Matthew Linley, and Kathy Hinde, whose work Piano Migrations has left a lasting impression. Matt captures the marshalling the toys […]

mto live


If it’s too late for you to catch tomorrow’s Modified Toy Orchestra gig at Bristol’s Colston Hall, then try this: Brian Duffy introduces the MTO phenomenon to an audience at TEDx Aldeburgh on 5th November 2011. Thomas Dolby hosts the day’s event, with other presentations from Peter Gregson, Akala, Professor Vincent Walsh, Nitin Sawhney, Kathy Hinde and Jennifer Stumm. […]

Tickets are now on sale for the next appearance of the Modified Toy Orchestra at the Colston Hall, Bristol, Thursday 27th October 2011. MTO are no strangers to Bristol, having performed at Arnolfini two years ago as part of Martyn Ware’s Future of Sound project. This year’s Plastic Planet show will mark the culmination of […]



For those who didn’t know about it, and for those too poorly, too skint, too lazy, or too distant (and even for those who might have actually been there!) here is a bleeps, parps-and-all capture of last week’s Modified Toy Orchestra performance at the now shut-up Ikon Eastside. Lens by Pete Ashton. Pete’s independent blog-site brianduffyhasabigbrain is a top […]

rites of spring


Yet another casualty of the current funding scythe is the IKON-Eastside gallery, in Digbeth, Birmingham. This weekend sees the venue’s celebratory swan-song with a three-day, artist-led music festival called Rites of Spring. “Modified Toy Orchestra, Martin Creed and his band and Fyfe Dangerfield headline the three-night festival, which showcases a pick of emerging folk, pop and […]

The Toy Orchestra travelled to BBC Manchester last night for a thoroughly enjoyable, if a little nerve-wracking live session on the Marc Riley show. We played three tracks live in an otherwise excellent playlist and recorded a fourth track for Gideon Coe which was broadcast later in the evening from the London studio. The producing […]

…. images from the sound check before last week’s gig at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe. For those who have been unable to catch the band live The Modified Toy Orchestra will be performing a live session next monday evening, 7th March, on 6music’s Marc Riley show.

The Toy Orchestra (wrapped up in defiance of the Digbeth chill) during sunday’s final rehearsal before this evening’s gig at Axis Arts Centre, Crewe.  The Toys themselves started to moan a bit at the conditions, with wayward pitch-shifting and unresponsive modifications. I’m looking forward to revisiting this venue on its new site – it having moved […]

mto do crewe


After a three month break, the Modified Toy Orchestra are back in rehearsals in preparation for spring gigs. The opening show takes us to Axis Arts Centre, Crewe, on the 22nd February, with other appearances yet to be confirmed. Excitement over possible international dates will wait, though. The mood at Brian’s is subdued, as people come to terms with […]