Robotic Drum Robots 8
German artists and craftsman build this amazing mechanical sequencer whoch has one (!) constantly running rotary unit as a actor.
Watch this 20 minute documentary (german only) about his amazing and friendly hardware hacker:
One of the more old-school robotic drum projects combines Arabic instruments with (in 2010) state of the art high-tec: Wireless controlled darbukas. It was set up for the international biennale in 2010 in Israel and realized by Artist Liat Segal.
18 Darbuka drums and 36 robotic arms are controlled via wireless communication. Drum music is composed and played at a music sequencer on an iPad.
The project was presented at the Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism, September 2010, as a part of the ‘Green to Blue’ ecological street project. During the biennale, electricity generated by wind turbines and photovoltaic cells was used to operate the robotic Darbuka drums. The drums were mounted on the wind turbines columns, creating a hybrid, digital-mechanic drumming circle, a futuristic-traditional acoustic space.
Well know for their mind-boggling, reality-shifting, viral old-spice commercials US-actor Terry Crews made another piece for the body wash company where he combines muscle controllers with music robots. It all looks a bit thrown-together but we cannot deny – this man got the groove!
The overall system seems to be controlled pneumatically. Whether its pre-written or live played cannot be said.
Jeremy Bush, drummer of the christian rock band “David Crowder Band” developed this fully functioning pneumatic drumbot called “Steve 3PO” with engineers Josh Caldwell and Eli Hernandez. Link
Karmetik is ramified group of artists, musicians and technicians developing instruments, sound and multimedia installations with a focus on classic Indian instruments (and their robotized counterparts). Their elaborate website contains many detailed info about the different instruments and projects (the have a tabla bot!) Link
Patrick Flanagan aka Jazari provides an robotic beat setup including several african style beat-bots (Snare, Kick, Djembe) and “an acoustic wobble bot, [and] vocal processing with an Android app [..]”. Patrick has also developed his own Wii-based hand controller which allows him to play his tunes live. Uses Max/MSP, Arduino, TLC5940 link
The Group “Expressive Machines” from the University of Virginia creates music robots with a stress on the technical layout. Robots include two percussive ones (snare, general beater) and a monochord string robot. Made with Arduino, MIDI, Solenoids, acrylic glass. Link