MR-808 – mechanic drum robot

May 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Let’s get physical: MR-808 is the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80s – in the real world.
The robot installation MR-808 is a replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808 – with robots playing the drum sounds! I (Moritz Simon Geist) have been playing electronic music for several years now, and at some place I was bored of the electronic music production process. With binary logic, everything is possible.
So I decided to go back to the roots of sound generation – the physical sound generation – but combine it with the electronic music structure we like so much.
I liked the idea so much, that I couldn’t stop building my own drum robots, and ended up replacing all the electronic sounds of a whole drum computer, placed in a 3,3 x 1,7m² case. I am very proud to present the “MR-808” – a mechanic replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808!
Read on: sonicrobots.com/mr808-eng/

MR-808 – mechanic sound robot (all drums, miced)
A mechanic relay controlled via arduino (bass sound)
Gameboy – Arduinoboy hardware (8 bit chiptune sound)
Everything was programmed in Ableton, only equing and compression has been applied.

Filmography: David Campesino
Music: Moritz Simon Geist

New app from DEVO: Everybody’s dancing to DevoBots

May 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

DevoBots is here. DEVOBOTS is a DEVO-authorized iOS app that is a combination robot maker and synthesizer. Users will be able to create their own DEVO-inspired robot characters from a library of 10,000 robot parts. The designs can be applied to apparel, posters, and other merchandise. The synthesizer app will allow users to create their own music from sounds taken from the DEVO archives

DevoBots

available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/devob…

Music by Devo from the App DevoBots.

Bebot – Robot Synth

April 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://apps4idevices.com/read/bebot-r…

Bebot is a feature packed polyphonic synthesiser that was the very first music app to fully utilise the full touch screen to control the sound. It has a single oscillator with 4 waveform choices and a sub oscillator with another 4 waveform options, including both one and two octave options below the main oscillator. It also offers distortion, chorus and echo effects, as well as y axis expression within the settable timbre/resonant range, and great sounding filters. There are 25 presets to get started with, but you can also save your own creations. It comes with scale presets and the option to create your own custom scales so you can simply slide your finger across the screen without playing the wrong notes. Another great feature is the ability to Autotune each note to varying degrees or choose not to use Autotune to get that great fretless sound. Bebot also is AudioBus compatible for use in the input slot, so you can directly record your performances into other compatible apps. The video below runs through most of the preset sounds and then continues on to explore all of the other options available, and the audio track shows a few examples of the expressiveness of the app using a few preset sounds. Bebot is a very impressive synth with great expressive control, and with AudioBus compatibility it is definitely a must-have synth, which makes it … A Killer App!Review by Nick Trass

Toa Mata Band Episode1

March 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video is about an electronic band of toys-robot that play some tiny music instruments drived by Arduino Uno and Clavia Nordbeat, a MIDI sequencer app for iPad.

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Get your on robot voice with Robovox

January 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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RoboVox – Transform your voice!

Transform your voice with RoboVox and have your voice sound scary or funny, musical, evil or like a robot! RoboVox is a voice recorder and voice changing app using vocoder technology. Choose among 24 different voice styles and jam with the pitch and modulation settings by sliding your finger across the X-Y control field. Modify your voice live with your headphones on, record your voice and play it back transformed or use the parrot mode that repeats your altered voice automatically.

Save your recording, send it via email or share it directly on Facebook* or SoundCloud. Get it now and alienate your voice!

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RoboVox Features:
- 24 voice models such as Pitch Shift (Chipmunk, Helium voice), Discobot, Badman, Exorcist, Bionic, Croack, Singing Robot, Dark, HAL, Stephen, Prophet
- X-Y control field for modifying pitch and modulation
- 3 different modes: real-time, parrot and recording
- Real-time mode (with headphones)
- Voice recording
- Share your results directly on Facebook* or SoundCloud
- Email your creations as WAV files
- Play RoboVox by connecting a MIDI keyboard
- Vocoder with real-time FFT spectral analysis

* Please note that your messages on Facebook are hosted publicly on soundcloud.com. Please note also that your direct Facebook uploads might be deleted after a certain time.”

MR-808 mechanic drum robot live at CYNETART 2012

January 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Science Fiction Children & Moritz Simon Geist live at CYNETART Dresden Hellerau 2012

The MR-808 is the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80s – in the real world! The robot installation MR-808 is a replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808 – with robots playing the drum sounds by Moritz Simon Geist.

Read on: sonicrobots.com/mr808-eng/
Artist Blog, Livedates: sciencefictionchildren.com

Instruments used:
MR-808 – mechanic sound robot (all drums, miced)
A mechanic relay controlled via arduino (bass sound)
Gameboy – Arduinoboy hardware (8 bit chiptune sound)
Everything was programmed in Ableton, only equing and compression has been applied.

Cameras: David Campesino, Konstantin Rinner hochkultur.com/
Music: Moritz Simon Geist
Production: Art Hustle

Andy Hagerty – Neon Lights

December 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Big budget promo video for Andy Hagerty’s cover of the Kraftwerk classic ‘Neon Lights’. Rumours that it was directed by JJ Abrams have not been confirmed, but Industrial Light and Magic were definitely not responsible for the effects! :-)

Buy this cover version from iTunes at the link below.
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-electronic-heart/id547453702

Robots, Daleks, Knightrider, and a Ghost from PacMan. What is there not to like about this video!! :)

Technical details:

  • Smoog
  • Borg
  • iSynth

MR-808 – mechanic drum robot

November 8, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Moritz Simon Geist created the MR-808 – described as ‘the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80′s. The installation is a version of the famous Roland TR-808 – but with robots playing the drum sounds!

Let’s get physical: MR-808 is the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80s – in the real world.
The robot installation MR-808 is a replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808 – with robots playing the drum sounds! I (Moritz Simon Geist) have been playing electronic music for several years now, and at some place I was bored of the electronic music production process. With binary logic, everything is possible.
So I decided to go back to the roots of sound generation – the physical sound generation – but combine it with the electronic music structure we like so much.
I liked the idea so much, that I couldn’t stop building my own drum robots, and ended up replacing all the electronic sounds of a whole drum computer, placed in a 3,3 x 1,7m² case. I am very proud to present the “MR-808” – a mechanic replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808!
Read on: sonicrobots.com/mr808-eng/

MR-808 – mechanic sound robot (all drums, miced)
A mechanic relay controlled via arduino (bass sound)
Gameboy – Arduinoboy hardware (8 bit chiptune sound)
Everything was programmed in Ableton, only equing and compression has been applied.

Filmography: David Campesino
Music: Moritz Simon Geist

BONAPARTE – 40°42’48.46 N 73°58’18.38 by JUL & MAT

October 11, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Based on the track: “BONAPARTE – 40°42’48.46 N 73°58’18.38 W”
Directed by JUL & MAT.
Robotic & video edit by PETER COCTEAU.
Filmed summer 2012 in PARIS, France.

Facebook : facebook.com/julandmat.directors
Twitter : twitter.com/juletmat
web : juletmat.fr

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During one month, I’ve built and programmed the robotic installation shown here. I used ten LEGO motors (NXT and old ones), three NXT (which are the LEGO computers seen at beginning of video), and two Hitechnic SuperPro Boards. I use the Hitechnic boards to control the lights and make good NXT synchronization (by using Fast I2C communication). [Ed.: That refers to I2C, a means of connecting devices by way of serial connection, often used in embedded electronics.] Hitechnic is a manufacturer of LEGO-compatible electronics and robotics.

I first inspected all the music parts in the song by using Apple’s Logic Studio, and reproduced [the parts] in the NXT-G program. This robotic installation really plays the song from start to end.

Peter Cocteau’s NXT-606, an 8-bit, sample-based drum machine built on LEGO’s Mindstorms prototyping platforming, has already been making the geek blog rounds.

  • Brilliant, minimal design: Peter cleverly consolidates controls on two knobs, as seen in the new video, without requiring laborious menu navigation or making multiple functions of those knobs confusing. Some major manufacturers could learn something from the efficiency of the design here.
  • Friendly housing: Apple’s 80s-model computer designs were a model of making case designs friendly and approachable. We’ve rarely seen that “read” as well with musical instruments. Here, a combination of slick LEGO parts and clever layout get that feeling on an instrument.
  • Focused utility: Part of the reason the housing and interface don’t get overwhelming is because the NXT-606 doesn’t try to do too much. It’s just a simple, sampled drum machine and not more, which makes it more drool-worthy, not less.
  • Rapid prototyping and visually-developed software. I’d be a little happier with LEGO if the Mindstorms and NXT were more open, but it’s clear to see the advantages of this solution, as well. Check out the rapid, visual programming that went into the software development. There’s plenty that more open projects could learn. (This is doubly exciting after the revelation of the new AppInventor project for Android, though we may have to wait some time before we get to play with that.

Via CDM

Authorized DEVO Synthesizer and Robot Maker App – DEVOBOTS

August 22, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is the first ever DEVO App utilizing one of the most influential bands of the last 40 years. The App includes never-before-heard music and sounds remastered from the DEVO archives that you can use to create new music plus thousands of artistic assets that you can utilize to create your very own DEVOBOT  Robot, digital or Vinyl. This is the DEVO App that fans have been waiting for.

More info here >>

The synthesizer uses original Devo sounds as its main feature. The sounds and music loops used in the app have been remastered from archived DEVO music and sounds that was originally created by DEVO and has been stored in the vaults since the 1980s, AND never heard before. We wanted to bring you a unique selection of sound only found in Devobots, so we spent a lot of time sorting through banks of music to create this. And it won’t stop there. Every month or two we will have a new bank of DevoBot sounds available for download at no costs.

Utilizing the buttons available in the Devobot interface, when pressed, the keys will play a loop either once or infinite. You use these in combination to create and record your own music. Other features include a sampler where you can sample your own loop and add it to the existing mix and also Pitch Shift, reverse and volume controls where you can manipulate the sound in real time..

With the synthesizer you can mix up to 12 separate audio parts together while using real time effects to create unique music tracks. You can use the mix as a recording, or play the device in a live session. Using the trackpad you can manipulate the sound by using your fingers to move each sound cross hair around the pad. Each sound can be manipulated in real time, either one by one or up to 5 sounds at a time – or 10 if you have small enough hands. The synthesizer is a powerful tool and can be used as part of any musicians arsenal.

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