Actuators For Robotics 2
In this article I will explain the technical background of my techno music robots. Maybe you have seen my giant MR-808 Robot. Thats where I started dealing with Robotic Electronic Music (R.E.M.) on a daily basis. Since then my whole life is dedicated to experimenting, building and playing shows with music robots. I wake up with them in the morning and think about music robots at night. Why? Because I think that electronic music has to evolve and I am very bored with music synthezisers, modular synthezisers, samplers, and computers. I want Future! Robots! And Techno!
Also I am just release my first debut album with help from Mouse On Mars, Kompakt and many many other wonderful people. Its the worlds first techno record made only with robot! You can find it here
But back to robotics. My music robots always consist of four parts:
- The Electronics (PCB with MIDI-In, Mosfet, )
Winter time – workshop time! Experiment with an monchord which is triggered by the changing field of a solenoid. It creates beautiful and a little haunting overtones.
The solenoid is switched on and off. When the bass note or an overtone is hit, the string startes to vibrate. It works like an ebow without the feedback coil.