Robots Play The B-52’s Rock Lobster!

The Bit-52′s, aka The World’s Greatest Parts Band, play their arrangement of The B-52’s Rock Lobster.

The Bit-52’s consist of:

  • Fred’s Vocals – TI99/4a computer, speech synthesizer and terminal emulator ii module
  • Kate and Cindy’s Vocals – Two HP Scanjet 3C scanners, UBunto and sjetplay written by NuGanjaTron
  • The Guitar, Keyboard, Cow Bell, Cymbal and Tambourine are all controlled by various types of push/pull solenoinds for a total of 23. The Solenoids are powered by four ULN2803 darlington drivers and everything is controlled by two PIC16F84A microcontrollers.

via bd594:

What do you get when you combine retro computer parts and an up and coming robot band?

The Bit-52’s

This is dedicated to all fans of The B-52’s who are also known as the “Worlds Greatest Party Band”. It just so happens they currently on tour so go out and buy some tickets. This idea has been simmering in my mind for the last couple of years and after many months of procrastinating it is finally complete. I was also motivated to finish my robot band after seeing a YouTube Video from “The Trons” from New Zealand.


8 thoughts on “Robots Play The B-52’s Rock Lobster!

  1. Hi,
    I created the video and the guitar is tuned properly. Tune the low E down to a C. Tune
    the A down to a G. Tune the B string down to an F, and the high E down to a G#. The reason the guitar was a bit out of tune was due to the solenoids on the fret board. They weren't strong enough to push down on the strings causing the notes to waver a bit.
    James BD594

    1. I understand everything…but the keyboard…If you have midi…why not to use midi?…its like trying to “re-invent the wheel”…imho

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