Sunday Synth Jam: Giuseppe Acito of the Toa Mata Band let us know about his latest video, which features him and a collection of music robots, based on LEGO Bionicle figures, getting their jam on.
Here’s what he has to say about the video, Orkestrionicle:
The Orchestrions were mechanic musical instruments that were developed in Germany in the early XIX century that would automatically play music and were designed to sound like an orchestra. These music machineries were made of a complex system of gears, pulley and levers which were operated by a large pinned cylinder or by a piano roll*. Their sound was usually produced by pipes, percussion instruments, but many orchestrions contained a piano player as well.
The 6th episode of Toa Mata Band is inspired by these amazing retro music machines, by adding to the LEGO Bionicle robotic orchestra some acoustic percussions and a vintage mono synthesizer which creates (with help of a bunch of solenoids, robot arm and a MIDI step sequencer) a fully analogue electroacoustic ensemble.
This piece is the results of a live-robotics set recording, mastered in post production.
Rakit Drum synth (Tone Drumsynth), Boss HC-2 (Clap), Arturia BeatStep pro, Coron Rockaku-kun Drum synth (BD+Noise), DIY Glockenspiel, Sabian cymbals, Electro Harmonix Mini-Synthesizer (Bass Synth), Alesis Mod-Fx, TC-Electronics Hall of Fame, Korg mini Kaosspad, Mackie 1402 VLZ, Arduino UNO, Novation Launchpad, Adafruit motor shield.