Bohemian Rhapsody on FLOPPOTRON

Published on Nov 25, 2018 Paweł Zadrożniak

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A special video for reaching 98 (almost 100) song covers. 98, like Windows 98. There is a new “band member” which comes from the times of Windows 98… Do you still remember those noisy devices?

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody cover by The Floppotron, computer hardware

TAMBURO MECCANICO XXI – [Electro-mechanical rhythm machine]

Published on Feb 20, 2019 Opificio Sonico

“Hello everyone, In this video is shown my latest artwork made out of #LEGO TECHNIC inspired by #Leonardo da Vinci’s TAMBURO MECCANICO (mechanical drum).

It consists of a four tracks rhythm machine which mechanically generates the electric impulses needed to trigger the drum synth and the bass-line sync.
This is my personal tribute to Leonardo’s

Resonance Reappearing

Published on Feb 7, 2019 Gordon Monahan

“Resonance Reappearing is a motion-activated sound sculpture. Using Max/MSP software, a continuously changing score is created that draws from a library of prerecorded sounds. These sounds are transmitted through a network of motors and wires creating a vibrating, kinetic audio system that gives physical form to sound.

Four long piano wires are suspended

NAMM 2019: Gamechanger Audio Motor Piano – Poly Synth Madness…

Published on Jan 27, 2019 sonicstate

“A weird concept that we’re looking forward to see develop…”

Mechanical electo motors with optical discs for oscillators. Reminds me of the Optigan & new Panoptigon. 12 voice polyphony.

A DIY machine imagines 808 kicks if they were made of actual fire

Anyone can clone an 808. Not anyone can make a machine inspired by the 808 out of repurposed lighter springs, motors, and … oh yeah, flaming butane gas. Koka Nikoladze’s beat machines are going viral, and their demented, quirky sound tells you why.

So, sorry NAMM – this may be the coolest gear we’ll see in January 2019.

And not only is the concept novel, but his wacky tunes make for some toe tapping, eyebrow-raising good times, too.

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I always wanted to build something using fire. Here is my first attempt. The small prototype works.

Releasing tiny bursts of butane gas on an open fire source sounds pretty much like a kick. By adjusting the distance and the pressure, it can get very close to 808. This is just a tiny model. I’m going to build a BIG Koka’s Fire Kick unit for live shows.

The rest is quite simple, I used a brass tube as a hat and some springs extracted from empty lighters, in a wooden box — as a snare; oh yes, and a DC motor that I managed to bring back to life by rewinding coils.

I’m dancing closer to the idea of setting up my first proper dance music production. Not necessarily the type of music from Beat Machine demonstration videos, much more complex and sophisti.. .. well, never mind. We’ll see what happens. I’ve already discussed this with an army of hyper-incredible artists willing to collaborate.

Only if I manage to get hold of Snoop Dogg in addition, maybe, some day :D. Ok, joking aside, wouldn’t it be amazingly surreal? Snoop with a small tight beat machine and a symphonic orchestra behind. I’d play the bass, and dance.

We’re seeing a growing trend in not analog, not digital, but kinetic – mechanical – physical instruments. It’s still tech – it’s just back to doing things with mechanics and physics, perhaps still informed by the lessons of code and circuits. On the fire side, of course, this is also kind of a miniaturized take on pyrophones, flame-powered organs and other instruments.

And while obviously part of the battle here is to be one step ahead of everyone else on the quirk factor, topping social media, I suspect there’s also potential in a scene around this sort of music. Physical music fests? We’ll see.

Previously on these lines:

A Robotic, Physical 808 Machine Advances Weird Science of Music, Tech Alike

— which over the years has led to this:

Watch futuristic techno made by robots – then learn how it was made

Oh and – the pyrophone built by musical robotics pioneer Eric Singer was one of the first ever stories on this site:

Pyrophone: Flaming Sound Organ Powered by Propane

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Introduction to the KOMA Field Kit [Episode 106]

Published on Jan 21, 2019 CatSynth TV

“We introduce the KOMA Field Kit, and a standalone box with combines modular synthesis with electro-acoustic features such as driving external DC actuators (solenoids, motors, etc.), contact mics, a CV-controlled radio input (FM, AM, shortwave), and more.

We go through a few short examples:
1) Contact mic
2) Radio
3) Solenoid and objects in the Field Kit

::vtol:: sonometer

::vtol:: sonometer from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

A new mechanical sonic creation from ::vtol::

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Sonometer is an automatic sound object (monochord) which changes string pitch (tension) by using an ultra-slow motor. It takes 40 minutes to reach the highest note and 36 minutes to drop it down. Because of extremely low speed, it’s almost impossible to

Building an analog pitchshifter/granular sampler/delay thingy

Published on Jan 22, 2019 Wouter van Veldhoven

“A little contraption with rotating tape heads”

::vtol:: magnetophone

::vtol:: magnetophone from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

Interactive sound object/instrument.

“It sometimes happens that first the piece is born, and only after this you suddenly realize what it is about and how it should be used. Last summer (2018) I very quickly produced an interactive algorithmic object for a small exhibition. This object was producing endless aleatoric compositions using rotating

Podcast 257: Eric Singer

Published on Dec 16, 2018 20Objects

You can find some of Eric Singer’s work featured in the archives here. Be sure to see Part 2 in 20Objects interview with Eric Singer below.

“I’m pretty sure you know Eric Singer’s work. Some of his most well-known work includes Pat Metheny’s ‘The Orchestrion Project’, but he’s been doing robotic musical instruments for a long time. I remember the first time