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

bonaparte.cc

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.

Dubstep Dispute

July 5, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Join this lovable crew of droids as they solve their differences the only way dubstep robots know how.

A 3d animated short set to music by Nostalgia.

More info: fluxelmedia.com/fluxelmedia/projects/Dubstep_Dispute/Dubstep_Dispute.html
Nostalgia: facebook.com/dnbnostalgia
Full Length Track: soundcloud.com/nostalgia/knights-of-cydonia-nostalgia-dubstep-remix

OTO VS THE ROBOTS (KRAFTWERK COVER)

July 2, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nice Kraftwerk cover featuring the OTO Bisquit:

oto biscuit+electribe emx (only waveshaper fx)

Add depth, texture and organic behavior to synths, basslines, drum machines and virtual instruments from computers with BISCUIT !

Using true 8-bit converters, digital processing and analog resonant filters, Biscuit opens up a wide range of sounds from harsh distortion, digital and aliasing artifacts to warm and fat 8-bit sounds.

Producers, deejays, musicians and sound lovers can use BISCUIT to extend their sound creation possibilties.

HUBO robots perform the Beatles

April 6, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Four of Drexel’s HUBO robots perform the Beatles’ “Come Together” in a demonstration that combines cutting-edge engineering technology and research with creative expression, produced by the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-lab). The HUBOs are operating autonomously (not human-controlled). Their movements are directed by student-developed software to perform the gestures necessary to produce the appropriate notes and beats as dictated by a musical score. Every sound in the video was performed by the robots.

MET-lab student Matthew Prockup created the musical arrangement for drum kit and three “Hubophones”, novel percussion instruments designed and constructed by the lab for this performance.

HUBO was designed and developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) Hubo Lab (Dr. Jun Ho Oh, Director). Drexel Engineering kicked-off National Engineers Week by unveiling seven HUBO humanoids at an unprecedented showcase event on February 20, 2012. Their presence at Drexel is part of a large collaborative project with KAIST and seven other U.S. universities with the goal of rapidly advancing humanoids research.

More information: http://drexel.edu/engineering/news/archive/2012/RoboticsAtDrexelTheCenterpiec…

SYNTHROTEK VIRGIN HIGH QUALITY Nand Synth Sound Samples Chaos lofi synthesizer

April 3, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background data:

http://www.synthrotek.com

The 4093 NAND Synth is a super-modifiable noise generator that will knock your socks off with its sheer amount of sonic potential! Low pulsing drones, random robotic chaos, high-pitched laser sounds – it’s all here in this small package.

A great project to begin your explorations into the world of DIY sound synthesis, the 4093 NAND Synth PCB was designed with the beginner in mind: Board-mountable switches, tension-relief power supplies, socketed IC, hands-on knobs and switches for tone control, and a detailed silkscreen PCB to help you solder components right the first time. An über-cool mod section allows for all kinds of custom control – variable control voltage input, output gating, buffering, modulation; the sky’s the limit with the 4093 NAND Synth PCB.

The 4093 NAND Synth PCB was designed by our electronics engineer Steven here at Synthrotek. Powered by 9V battery, an AC Adapter rated at 5-12V 200mA Center Negative polarity can also be used.

Robot Band EOL covers Maroon 5 “Moves Like Jagger”

March 28, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background information:

In my previous videos I have received alot of comments requesting the vocal styles of Stephen Hawking so your wish is my command. This is song is based on the group Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger” Please support the band and buy this song.

Vocals Digital DECtalk Express play both the male and female vocals (the same unit as Stephen Hawking used back in the 80′s) and it is controlled by a Genesi linux box
Robot Snare, Robot Bass Drum and Tambourine
Robot Keyboard and my trusty old HP Scanner

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