String Robots 7
Russian Youtube user lexademin not only has an affection for old russian traditional instrumenst like the bayan, he also builds wonderful and crazy crafted robotic guitars. Not much can be found, but the video shows great crafting skills, noting that no midi was used.
The M@P Group from the technologic college from which is dedicated to “Music, Electronic and Passion” made this wonderful classical guitar robot.
The device is a robot that can play a fully automated acustic guitar. The commands are transmitted by an android smartphone,that by the means of a terminal Bluetooth send the code to Arduino, this code corresponds to the song to perform. Arduino decodes the received code and processes the program corresponding to one of the tasks stored in memory, providing the actuators (motor steppers and servomotors) the necessary instructions for the correct function of the robot. The guitar is placed horizontally on a smooth and regular surface where all the handcrafted supports are to support the various actuators.
The Milwaukee Servoelectric Guitar Project is a volunteer effort to promote the advancement of servo electric guitars and their design.
Several approaches to automatic playing and self tuning string instruments are shown, with detailed info. link
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, such as the famous “guitarbot”.
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
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
“A machine which gives to performer possibility to play on three instruments (violin, viola and cello) simultaneously. Invented by Vladimir Jevgenjevich Pliassov (20.03.56). The inventor demonstrates his invention himself.”