Modified Toy Orchestra

Designer | Artist Brian Duffy
Year 2004

The Modified Toy Orchestra are exactly as they’re described: A group that uses modified toys as musical instruments. Led by Brian Duffy, the British band taps the musical potential hidden in discarded toys, producing varying and novel electronic soundscapes. The Orchestra’s motif is to use toys that have been discarded and to never pay more than one pound for it. The band boasts a repository of old toys including a 30-year-old Touch & Tell and a rare Hula Barbie. Before delving full-time into toys, Duffy worked as a sound artist producing music for bands and installations, and even created a device that converts starlight into music.