Like some kind of mash-up between the baby doll from Toy Story, Chucky and a bizarre episode of Dr Who comes an extraordinary minute of synth-pop madness that you can’t unsee.
CRUMAR is the work of Dan Opsal & John Haskell who go by the name “Real Big Boys”. It features an unsettlingly altered baby robot animatronic nightmare playing a pair of synthesizers while “singing” along. The synths in question are the Italian made Crumar Performer polyphonic analogue Strings and Brass machine produced at the end of the 1970s, and the Korg MicroKorg. Although the baby is not exactly playing them rather than flailing alarmingly deformed fingers at them which, I guess, forms part of an energetic and captivating work of musical art.
The performance is totally extraordinary and you find yourself watching it again and again. The movement and character put into the dolls head are amazing and you wonder why it’s taken YouTube so long to produce something this incredible. And the music itself is so wonderfully nutty and invigorating that you are left wanting so much more after the 54 seconds are up. And so you play it again.
I’m not sure if the synthesizer world will recover. With CRUMAR we’ve hit the peak electronic sound-making and any music created by any human after this will seem mundane.