Experimental Sound Robots 9
David Byrne also gets into mechanical sound creation with his “Playing The Building” installation. An old organ is equiped with electronics and pneumatics so that the organ-keys can be used to control motors, solenoids and pneumatic parts.
The german based artists-group around Johannes Lohbihler build an interactive and fun-to-play set of robotic actuators which enables the spectator – thus actor – to play with every item that are laying around. As other projects it uses lego bricks and pieces to make the system universally convertable and playble.
The dada machines toolkit let’s you compose the sounds of the world around you into a unique sound creation. Whether you are a professional producer or curious noisemaker, you can use the modular dada system to use your environment to create.
1953 born, french artists is Pierre Bastien one of the godfathers of music robotics. His work covers an overwhelming range of experimental music robots and sound art pieces which are a reference point for many contemporary artists.
Our friend Giuseppe Acito builds robots, that control sensors, that control electronics – with lego! His Toa Mata band is a wild mix of 80s synthies, Glockenspiel, self-made drums and oll of them are controlled by lego motors and solenoids. The future of robotic music will be cute!
Be sure to check out his website
Glitch Robot is an installation by Moritz Simon Geist where acoustic sounds used in electronic music are created by … Robots!
The Installation consists of several robotic actors. When the actors make contact with their instruments, they produce a sonic impression of an omnipresent texture of modern life: electronic music. The music robots used in this performance consists of recycled and 3D-printed parts such as harddisks, relays, tongues, motors and solenoids.
Heavily featured on media arts festivals and in the internet, mexican artist Pedro Reyes turns weapons into musical instruments and robots.
Valve supplier FESTO has a sense for upcoming trends and gave robot art specialist Roland Olbeter free access to Festo’s stockroom. He came out with a nice automated electrical string quartet and one drum, which he presented on Hannover Messe 2008.
For the album “Biophilia” Björk made a concept involving several custom made Instruments like a huge automatic pendulum harp, a gameleste, and a huge tesla coil sound that we have seen else where. The Instruments were build be a team led by Andy Cavatorta Interview
Steam Machine Music is a homebuilt mechanical instrument made mostly from vintage Meccano parts. The instrument is driven by a steam engine that provides the whole instrument with energy.