The MIDI control board "MIDI mechanical system" that we have developed automatically plays acoustic musical instruments.
Celestial harp is a musical instrument with strings on a disk. By placing a sheet on the disk that shows the order of the melody, it is possible for people who cannot read the musical score to play a tune.
My first song written for a vertical acoustic drum machine I created this year. Percussion composed by Stephen Slater, with melodic accompaniment on Tenori-On and TB-303 by Chachi Jones.
The Chowndolo is an Interactive Sonic Sculpture based on a magnetic pendulum whose trajectories are altered by magnets placed underneath the device. This creates unstable patterns of oscillation which are translated into synthesis parameters and sound.
A unique concept: two drummers play on the same drum set welded on a stylized tricycle designed and manufactured entirely in our workshop. Be careful, it turns ;)
"Samson" is a portable percussion unit housed in a vintage suitcase. It can be remotely controlled by any Bluetooth MIDI enabled sequencer.
7 microphone/preamp satelites orbit a ball of speakers(at different distances) generating different overtones as they pass each speaker.
Originally made for the Exploratorium, the Giant Music Box is an instrument/interactive exhibit that anyone can use to make music. It was my response to the challenge of creating an instrument and situation where people could play alone or with others an…
Glass wind chimes are an indispensable feature of summer in Japan. Each wind chime has a different tone. The pitch changes depending on the shape and size of the wind chime. The wind chime instrument is a musical instrument where wind chimes …
A Calliope built from a 1200 pound block of granite. 45 holes were drilled and tuned to produce the notes. Blowing compressed air across the holes make the notes play.
In 1913 Luigi Russolo created an orchestra of noises with strange machines. In 2017, we will play on Mechanical Boxes. Robotic instruments that allow remote controls to trigger a crazy course of marbles, a wood / metal xylophone, a vibrating plate or eve…
A playful machine that uses the random nature of physics to trigger musical events.
In my last project, I delved into how to build a Portable Capacitive Touch Piano using an Arduino, a Capacitive Touch Shield for Arduino using the MPR121, a piezo buzzer, and copper foil tape with conductive adhesive (cut in the shape of piano keys) encl…
On the road The music travels aboard an exceptional "Mad Max"-like machine, manufactured in the Nomad Men workshops, combining visual surprise and musicality. The machine will be operational in May 2021
The Object Sequencer rotates "notes" or objects in the air in a circular pattern interacting with sensors to create electro-acoustic sequences.
I show a group of moving sculptures, made from scrapmetal, which actualy play their instruments.
Playing With Machines is a band composed of Maxime Kermagoret, Paul Dechaume and myself. As a collective we aim to create electronic ambient music utilising motors where possible. From the beginning our goal was to use motorized instruments in the sam…
The Synescope is a graphic to audio music instrument where the player paints, draws or manipulates graphic content as the platter moves in order to express ever changing music and or auditory textures.
The Doppler Machine is a sonic sculpture and performance piece that combines the Doppler effect with feedback to create atonal soundscapes.
"The Phonographer" is an a-rhythmic noise device that coaxes a contact mic'd antique phonograph reproducer arm utilizing alternative "needles" to create cacophonic repetitive "music" and eerie AMSR soundscapes that itch the base of your neck.
A increasing collection of musical robots created by Darren Hesford using mainly second hand instruments and scrap materials.