Gated Communities or Open Communities?
In the four days while listening to talks about gravitational waves, playing one
concert myself and talking to many people I came to think about a specific problem:
How can a small, vivid, and avantgardistic micro-society restrain the loss of grip and enthusiasm when suddenly becoming ‘cool’ and overrun by people from a different (in mean words = mainstream) culture?
This controversial subject is deeply connected to the (more…)
You don’t own a haunted castle but still want that Scottish chic of a “ghost chateau”? Make your own ancestors portray with automatic moving eyes and easily scare away unwanted guests!
We all know that old movies, where the young couple is staying in the haunted castle for the first night and gets scared away by pictures of some beardy ancestors, where the eyes seem to follow the spectators. In the end its just the butler who is spying from behind to get the heritage … but anyway.
We are thrilled for our show debut on russian territories! In a last minute booking we organized everything to bring our “Tripods One” installation to Moskow, where we will play at the Closing night of the 360° Science & Technology Film Festival.
I the next weeks we will showcase at some both hacky and bassy events in western europe!
31. Sept. – 02. Oct: Berlin, Makerfair
Starting today we are at the maker fair berlin, the obligatory event for hackers and tinkerers. Here we will present the Drum Robot MR-808 Interactive alongside all the 3D-Printers, VR-nerdism and arduino paraphernalia.
01. Oct: Berlin, Wir sind die Roboter Festival
The beat goes on saturday the 01. Oct where we will play at the first robot music festival Wir sind die Roboter! The festival features the creme-de-la-creme of robotic musicians such as Logos Foundation, Pierre Bastien, gamut inc and many more. We will play on 22:45 at Musikbrauerei with our new installation Tripods One.
04.-06. Oct.: Berlin, Retune Festival.
The 04.- 06. Oct we will be at the Retune Festival and the creative production lab, a special event curated by Fraunhofer Institute and Retune Festival to bring together mid-size hardware manufacturing businesses and creative young thinkers (that’s us!).
At the retune itself we will perform the thursday evening.
19-21.Oct, Amsterdam (NL), Amsterdam Dance Event
The party just stared when we will move all our robots to the infamous amsterdam dance event where we will display the MR-808.
Save the date: 19.-21. Oct. 12:00 – 19:00 | Free entrance, Compagnietheater | Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam.
Further dates include:
21.10.2016, Liege (BE), BAM-Festival
18.11.2016, Leipzig, WISP Festival
What is better than watching a robotic drum machine play? Playing a robotic drum machine on your own! We just now finished a wunderful
video about the “MR-808 Interaktive” – a drum robot that is programmed in a collaborative process by the audience. The video was shoot last year at the Krake Festival Berlin, the installation can be seen at the Amsterdam Dance Event, and at the Berlin Maker fair this October 2016. Be sure to check out more dates here
Additionally we sat down for a few days and wrote an extensive buildlog. You can find it here at our learning plattform
Kudos to @davidcampesino for the video shooting, Jakob for the video cutting and Karsten, Martin, Dr. Nick, Gero, Mirko for constant support and love.
For their 2016 EP “Lichter” Mouse On Mars asked us to use some of our robots. Nothing easier than this! We had some universal robotic actuators laying around which we customized according to their wishes.
The 15-minute EP which you can now hear and buy is a wonderful mix of dubby organic synth, percussion and robotic organic drums (puhh, so much organic everywhere!). The robotics is natural, still precise; one can hear the robots escpecially good at the live HiHat parts. MOM recorded everything in a huge jam, this was cut, taken apart and put together again with their special secret sauce in MOM’s magic studio in Berlin.
What we like is the idea to have universal (more…)
Our friends from Gamut inc did a wonderful job curating the “Wir sind die Roboter Festival” which will make history as the first German festival dedicated solely to robotic music! It features high-class artists such as the godfathers of robotic music: Logos Foundation and Pierre Bastien as well as Hacklander, Marcus Schmickler or Nicolas Bernier, and of course us and gamut themselves. We are very thrilled about this delicate event which will take in October in Berlin at the Musikbrauerei
Gamut Inc & N.K. Projekt present a three-day festival on the topic of music- robots and machine-music. In concerts, lectures and different discourse formats, we will present many international ensembles from Europe and beyond that build their own autonomously playing music-machines. We will interpret classics of the 20th century on music-machines and also invite composers to write new music for these wild machine-inventions.
- 04.02.2017, Düsseldorf NRW-Forum, Schönes Wochenende Festival
- 17.02.2017, Tokio, WWW Shibuya (with David Letellier / Kangding Ray) Digital Choc Festival
- 21.02.2017, Tokio, TBA
- 25.03.2017, Mannheim, B-Seite Festival
- 31.03.2017, München, Deutscher Innovationspreis 2017
- 27.-30.04.2017, München, SF-Festival
- Sonic Robots – Moscow Tourvideo
- Mouse on Mars, Sonic Robots & Ensemble Musikfabrik rehearsal
- “The Trickster” live @ Maintenant Festival 2015 – Sonic Robots
- Video interview at Mapping festival 2015