When I first discovered this video, I thought busking was Ed’s middle name — turns out I wasn’t terribly wrong. It was my first experience with the term, with electric violin, and with the unbelievable potential of looper pedals. Ed’s story is he went on tour with a band, made money, put out albums, then for whatever reason gave it all up to go play in the street. There is something pure and wonderful about that. This video is terrible, but somehow discovering him through a poorly edited vacationer’s home movie makes it all even better. His name is Ed Alleyne-Johnson. He built that purple electric violin. He is a symphony unto himself.