Sunday, June 11, 2006

Recommended Online Experimental Music:
Volume Three (Robots)

Some more online experimental music links for you. This week with a motorized theme.

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Artist: Scrawn

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"...pieces for motorised piano, constructing small powered objects which can strum, stroke and tap the open strings of an upright piano. These include 2V motors, fans and electric bell hammers."

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Artist: league of electronic musical urban robots

Home of the the following amazing creations:

Guitarbot:

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"In designing GuitarBot, our goal was to create an electrified slide guitar that was versatile, responsive, capable of fast and slow playing, easy to control, with high-quality sound, modular and portable. We also wanted to extend, not simply duplicate, the capabilities of a human guitarist."

Watch this awesome video of it in action.

Also home to the Tibetbot and the !rbot.

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Artist: Ensemble Robot

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Home of the Bott(i)Cello "...a tree-shaped electric string robot that uses fans to pluck strings of changing lengths. It has three arms, each holding a electric guitar string on one end. The arms curl in and out like the petals of a flower, and as they move they change the pitch of the guitar string. It was designed by Christine Southworth, Yu-Cheng Hsu, and Jeff Lieberman, and built in 2005-06 by Ensemble Robot."

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