Sam Battle (LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER)
|Also known as||LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Musical Inventor, Co-Writer, Producer|
Sam Battle, better known as LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER, is an English musician, inventor and producer based in London. He has gained popularity through a number of different projects, including popular indie band ZIBRA (2013-2016). His videos have received over 17 million views in total across various platforms including his current YouTube channel LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER.
Battle describes his interest in analogue synthesizers as being sparked by Ray Wilson, a "DIY synth guru", and his book Analogue Synthesizers and website Music From Outer Space. Sam's main inventions have included constructing a organ out of Furbies and bikes with synthesizers and drum machines built into them.
Battle has co-written songs such as Barns Courtney's Glitter and Gold (which he also produced) and Charlie Fink's Satellite Moments, which have both appeared on TV and Film, with Satellite Moments featuring in the trailer for A Street Cat Named Bob and Glitter and Gold most recently having a reappearance as the theme-tune for Netflix Original's Safe.
Battle has also collaborated with Red Bull on their YouTube channel and website, commanding videos such as how to make a synthesizer out of a red bull can and gaining over 14 million views in total.
Life and career
Battle stated in an interview with Makery that as a child 'he enjoyed taking apart his toys, pedal cars and household appliances, from the iron to the toaster, much to his father’s dismay' and he had taken an interest in guitar at 12 years old which he says "kept me busy for four years", before building it into a 'keyboard guitar' with a Midi keyboard controller.
Battle posted his first youtube video in 2013, the channel began as an outlet for his band at the time ZIBRA and his own creations, he tells Red Bull in an interview in 2015 that "Zibra began when I was jamming demos out in my room in an old people’s home in Broadwater Farm in Tottenham. I uploaded them onto the internet with some short videos". ZIBRA became well known for their song Goodbye Mondays, which has over 1.5 million plays after being featured in Fifa 16. Their songs were also regularly featured in programmes such as Made in Chelsea, Soccer AM and Tattoo fixers. ZIBRA released their final single in 2016 RIP before deciding to split, they played their final headline show on 20 July 2016 at The Social in London, England.
Battle then went on to pursue his own inventive career, designing a range of inventions including a lightsaber theramin, a Flamethrower Organ and most importantly his renowned Furby Organ. Since Battle released this creation to the public in February 2018 it has been labelled 'demonic' by LadBible and VICE label Battle himself as the 'musical Dr Frankenstein'. The invention has received a wide range of coverage from BBC lunch time news to Spain's largest evening talk show. In an interview with VICE Battle describes the feeling of playing the organ as "an unhinged laugh of joy". The Furby organ has received over 4.7 million views in total.
- ZIBRA EP1000 - EP (2015)
- ZIBRA EP2000 - EP (2015)
- ZIBRA EP3000 - EP (2015)
- ZIBRA "Wasted Days" - Single (2015)
- Chloe Black "Wild at Heart" ZIBRA Remix (2015)
- RATBOY "Fake ID" ZIBRA Remix (2015)
- Don Broco "Automatic" ZIBRA Remix (2015)
- ZIBRA Girls Like You - EP (2016)
- ZIBRA "RIP" - Single (2016)
|2015||Great White Shark||EP2000|
|2015||Flat in Dagenham||EP3000|
|2016||Girls Like You||Girls Like You|
|2016||Glitter and Gold||Barns Courtney||Glitter and Gold||Produced and Co-Written|
|2016||Satellite Moments||Charlie Fink||A Street Cat Named Bob (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||Co-Written|
|2018||Do It Like You Do||Kawala||Co-Written|
- "ZIBRA". Facebook. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Battle, Sam (28 July 2013). "LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Ferreira, Elsa (3 February 2017). "Look Mum No Computer, portrait of a musician 100% maker". Makery. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Wilson, Ray (2013). Analogue Synthesizers. Maker Media. ISBN 978-1449345228. Search this book on
- Battle, Sam. "Projects". LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "A Street Cat Named Bob - Official Trailer - At Cinemas November 4 - Youtube". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Safe (Tv Series) - Wikipedia". Wikipedia. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Ferris, Glen (5 October 2017). "Build your own synth from a Red Bull can". Red Bull. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "Zibra Exclusive interview with the Band Red Bull". RedBull. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Kelly, Beck. "ZIBRA - Goodbye Mondays (Featured on FIFA 16)". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "ZIBRA RIP (Rest in Peace)". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- "ZIBRA - Having returned from Butlins with new world experiences..." Facebook. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Battle, Sam. "STUFF - LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER". Look Mum No Computer. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Mufson, Beckett. "We Asked the Creator of the Furby Organ : Why?". VICE. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Ogden, Chris. "London Musician Builds a Demonic Organ Made Entirely From Furbys - LADbible". LADbible. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Battle, Sam. "THE FURBY ORGAN, A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MADE FROM FURBIES - Youtube". YouTube. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
- Battle, Sam. "THE FURBY ORGAN | Facebook". Facebook. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
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