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 actuators which you can apply to nearly anything, mount easily and control by MIDI. MOM played on percussions, Hihat and random stuff. Additional live percussion was added by thier drummer Dodo. WhoopWhoop!
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.
Hooray! Sonic Robots got a new website and retires its already 5-year old wordpress blog! Along with a more responsive layout and and as lot of general cleanup we launched a sub-site called learning.sonicrobots.com. There we will keep on posting tutorials about electronics and music robotics and of course about 3D-Printing.
List of music robotic projects
New focus of the learning site is a constantly growing list of music robotic projects . We want to help interested makers and music robotic enthusiasts to keep an overview of existing projects as an inspiration and a resource. We sort projects according to different categories; If you think your project belongs here – drop us a note!
We are excited to present this summers tour as it includes some very cool places, like the Jerusalem Design Week 2016 or the famous Mutek festival Montreal alongside other crazy festivals as the Electronic Beats festival Cologne , where we will be displaing our MR-808 Interactive and the brand-new TINCON Conference, a conference for young hackers in Berlin. Very well!
Hope to see you there!
- 29.04.2016, Gijon (ES), LEV Festival
- 18.-22.05.2016, Köln (DE), Electronic Beats (Exhibition)
- 25.05.2016, Jerusalem (IL), Jerusalem Design Week (Talk)
- 26.05.2016, Jerusalem (IL), Jerusalem Design Week, Hansen house
- 27.-29.05.2016, Berlin, TINCON Conference (Workshop & MR-808 Interactive)
- 03.06.2016, Montreal (CA),
Last year we were at the infamous hamburgian hacker congress with MR-808 Installation – and our hearts are beating faster to contribute again to the most beautiful tech-event on planet earth in 2015! We will be at the lounge (arts and beauty) with a glitch robot performance on the day 2 (28th of december). We hope to meet you all there!
- “The Trickster” live @ Maintenant Festival 2015 – Sonic Robots
- Video interview at Mapping festival 2015
- Video: Glitch Robot Live at ICAS Festival Dresden
- Live video at B-Seite Mannheim