Connecting MIDI and Arduino is easy, especially with the new MIDI library. Most of the people use the Arduino to trigger midi signals when pressing buttons and moving faders. Today we want to do it the other way around: Controlling a little oszillator – a square output signal tone() – with an Midi-In signal from a keyboard. The speciality: we want to implement the pitchbend send by the midi master.
The pitchbend is a controller value that can be send from a midi master. It alters the pitch of a note. It is separated in 3 bytes as can be seen below: the first one states (more…)
“Disarm is a second generation of instruments built after Imagine (2012), also using the remnants of weapons that the Mexican army had collected and destroyed. The second series is made up of eight instruments that were created in collaboration with a team musicians and Cocolab, a media studio in Mexico City. These machines are mechanical musical instruments; they can be programmed and operated via computers, making them capable of performing music concerts with compositions prepared beforehand.”
“This system allows for Nintendo gameplay audio to be played through an acoustic player piano and robotically controlled percussive instruments. The piano and percussion play live during actual gameplay, mirroring the sounds that would normally be created electronically. All audio, including music and sound effects, is translated in realtime so that it is produced by the instrument most closely resembling the characteristics of the original electronic sound.
For those interested in the technical details, (more…)
“A humanoid robot that sees, knows where it is, and walks like a human? Finally. Now get me a beer.” Music robots are just the evil (and super tiny and mostly hidden) twins of the ever since growing group of industrial, scientific and civil robots. Samsung just released an upgrade for a human-like civil robot, Roboray . Now this humanoid robot can walk like a human (using gravity to “fall” while moving step by step) and has a visual system developed by University of Bristol scientists. (more…)
Kuffner, creator of the Gamelatron (robotic asian instrument), put together the meditative installation Gamelatron Bunga Kota for the Clocktower Gallery in NYC.
The Gamelatron Project by A. Taylor Kuffner, draws on the thousand-year-old sonic tradition of Indonesia, Gamelan, and the emerging field of robotics to create magical, viscerally-powerful, site-specific performances and temporary and permanent installations.
Kuffner’s newest installation is The Gamelatron Bunga Kota (City Flower), a set of 30 Bronze gongs and 6 cymbals from Bali retrofitted with mechanical mallets mounted as an immersive experiential sound installation scaling the walls in full surround sound of a vacant retail space in the heart of Time Square. The Gamelatron Bunga Kota will play continuously night and day, performing as an “auditory” clock and can be triggered by the audience to robotically playback a selection 9 original compositions ranging from 3 to 19 minutes in length.
To hear one of the “modes” created by Kuffner for his Gamelatron installation at the Clocktower Gallery in 2012 click HERE.
The Gamelatron Bunga Kota (Flower of the City)
June 6 – July 26, 2013
785 Eighth Ave., between 47th and 48th Streets
Exhibition is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 2:00 to 8:00 pm
THE ROBOTS ARE SORRY, BUT THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY IN GERMAN.
Als ich vor über einem Jahr den ersten Artikel zum meinem 3D-Drucker Makerbot in Dresden schrieb, hätte ich nicht erwartet, soviele Rückmeldungen zu erhalten.
Wegen des großen Interesses habe ich mich nun entschlossen die Seite plastikliebe.de online zu stellen, wo Infos zum Rapid Prototyping und 3D-Druck nochmal kurz zusammengefasst werden. Es geht mir nicht darum, (more…)
[NakagawaGakki] took his time at the Artist Residency at the Artifactory to build an awesome guitar synth, and 8stringed Synth Driven Guitar. The twist here was that he used only CMOS 4000 (aka Lunetta style) signals to drive the robots. Also he resigned to use any form of PCB and wired everything “free floating”.
“Each module is made in free-form style (Point to point, Space Wiring) where no PCB or prototyping boards are used. Each Module will be based on a 50mm x 50mm format using SIP connectors and Breadboard jumper leads to patch the modules together. (more…)
News from the robot parallel universe: The lineup of robot bands is growing, with the latest craze coming – unsurprisingly – from Japan. DJ TASAKAZ created a 3-robot band featuring a guitar-robot with 78 fingers and 12 picks a huge drum robot and a keyboard robot. (more…)
What a pretty usecase! To show what the extruded aluminum sets from Makeblock, Shenzhen can be used for, they build a cute xylophone-robot extruded aluminum building with an Arduino.