MR-808: Mechanical Robot Drummachine

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Tolle Arbeit von Moritz Simon Geist, der ‘ne 808 mit von Ableton angesteuerten mechanischen Bots nachgebaut hat. Moritz schreibt mir: „Bei der Installation MR-808 handelt es sich um einen mechanischen Drumcomputer, einen mechanischen 3,3 x 1,7m großen Nachbau einer 808. Der Clou ist: die Sounds der TR-808 sind durch Mini Roboter ersetzt. Gesteuert wird die MR-808 aus Ableton Live – die Klangerzeugung ist in die reale Welt verlegt.“

For the installation MR-808 eleven sound of the 808 were replaced by mechanical actuators and physical tone-makers. I designed all instruments in reference to the famous sounds of the TR-808. A huge number of experiments were carried out since 2011 and a varity of instruments have been built. The instruments include: Snare, Bass drum, Hi-Hat, Carabassa, Clave, Ride, Clap, Tom (3x) and Cowbell.

Motors and solenoids were used as actuators, which are triggered by a power electronic device and an Arduino Microcontroller. The musical control is realized with MIDI, the latency and the lighting control system are implemented in MAX / MSP.

Let’s get mechanical: MR-808 is the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80s – in the real world, ein paar Making-Of-Bilder und mehr zur Technik gibt’s hier: Behind the scenes: the technique of the MR-808, a robo-mechanic TR-808 replica sound installation