Making music out of toys? Balalike it!

In a new video podcast, Balalike it! RBTH lapses into childhood, together with Moscow-based group ADMI (whose name is an abbreviation of the Russian for “Ensemble of Children's Musical Instruments”).

The musical trio ADMI experiments in some rare genres, such as toysnoise, freshtrash, okrok, and even duck ambient. But the group’s uniqueness lies not only in its chosen genres, but in the way the musicians create their tracks. Instead of guitars and drums, their hefty travel cases contain real toys, which ADMI use to create their sound.

The collection includes more than 400 toy musical instruments, which cannot be modified in any way. The most that can be done is to mount audio outputs, through which the sound is produced and transmitted to professional equipment. That way, the group records a loop over which sections of the track are played. Live performances require considerable effort, since with so many instruments each member of the threesome is responsible for several toys at once, switching constantly from keyboards to drums, from strings to — toy guns. All three play about six instruments in all. But since they use loops, a whole orchestra of toys can sound in the background.

Russia Beyond The Headlines presents a new version of the original Balalike it! podcast dedicated to music from Russia. Every two weeks, we will publish videos about young, up-and-coming Russian musicians. Each edition will feature exclusive interviews and live performances.

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