Robot Bands 10
Sculpturist and welding expert [Kolja Kugler] builds robots and robotic installations for years already. His pneumatic robotic band is a smashed together explosion of steam punk like mechanics and music instruments.
The heavily featured New Zealand based self playing robot band “The Trons” by Greg Locke is one of the most popular robot-only band.
Founded at the University of Eindhoven, Team Dare develops musical robots since 2002 with a focus on the technical layout. They also have the only pan-flute robot we know of!
Godfried-Willem Raes is together with Pierre Bastien on of the godfathers of european music robots. Not only did he build robots for Aphex Twin lately, he also developed more than 50 instruments in the last decades.
Logos is his belgish artist group, providing more then 50 several robotic instruments like pipes, organs, beat-makers and drums. They also have some of the most detailed technical paper on robotics for musical instruments explaining the progress and details of his machines and electronics.
Captured! by Robots is a “touring musical comedy troupe” (WordPress) founded by (and only human band member) Jay Vance. His ironic guitar and DrumBots refer to standard rock-instrumentalists. Link, Interview, Wikipedia
The Brooklyn-based “League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots” is one of the most distinguished group of robots instrument artists. Founded in 2000 by Eric Singer they have since then developed a great varity of instruments and sound installations. LEMUR development the “Orchestrion” robots used since 2009 by Pat Metheny Lemur: Link
The Orchestrion Project was filmed at the former St Elias Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in November 2010. It features Pat Metheny on guitar performing with the Orchestrion, a vast collection of mechanical instruments that surround Pat Metheny in this atmospheric setting. The focus of the performance is the Orchestrion Suite, a work written specifically for this combination and debuted on Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion album
“Felix machines” by UK-Based Felix Thorn is a excessive set of mechanized drums and tonal instruments like chimes or an automated reed organ. It’s electro mechanical (solenoid) driven, and plays pieces by Felix Thorn, we think it’s one of the most elaborate Robot-Instrument-Concepts so far. Interview,
“Inspired by the animated music video Pipe Dream by Animusic, Intel Embedded Computing engineers teamed up with Austin-based Sisu to turn that animation into a real computerized paint ball orchestra. The Intel Industrial Control in Concert piece was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in September 2011. Built with seven Intel Atom processors, running three different operating systems, security camera system, sensors, touchscreen and other technologies, the project was completed in just 90 days at a cost of about $160,000.”
The berlin based robots from Compressorhead are dedicated to rock and roll – and robots.
With their three robots (Guitar, Drums, Bass) they have a reportoir constisting of Ramone and Motörhead Song and thelike. Super well crafted and pneumatic.