MATRIXSYNTH: Drum Robot MR-808 Interactive - Massive Acoustic Roland TR-808 Art Installation

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drum Robot MR-808 Interactive - Massive Acoustic Roland TR-808 Art Installation

Published on Aug 18, 2016

"The Drum Robot MR-808 Interactive at the Krake Festival Berlin."

Some of you might remember the Sonic Robots MR-808 from this post back in 2012.  It looks like it was shown at a number of festivals.  You can find the list of events on the right of the Sonic Robots website here.  The following are some details and pics via Sonic Robots:

"MR-808 interactive is a drum robot installation featuring an oversized robotic drum machine which is programmed live by the spectators!

The audience can program the drum robot in a collaborative process and listen to the emerging of the sound. At the exhibition site, the crowd can stand in front of the robot, composing the music in realtime.

The drum robot installation MR-808 Interactive (2015) is intended for a collaborative music creation process which turn the listener from a passive spectator to an active player, visualizing the ongoing bond of mobile digital interfaces and physical actions.

The original installation MR-808 was developed in 2012 by the collective Sonic Robots under the direction of Moritz Simon Geist. It got an upgrade with the interactive part in 2015 / 2016. The drum robot has so far been presented on various events, from techno club nights to media and hacking congresses. The robot installation is a replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808 with robots playing the drum sounds. For the installation eleven sounds of the 80s drum computer TR-808 are replaced by mechanical actuators and physical tone-makers. You can read more about the technique and background here."

via Ask.Audio

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