A couple MAKE readers sent in this robot orchestra, looks great – if you’re in the DC area, check it out and let us know about it! – “LEMUR is currently engaged in its largest fabrication project to-date, creating custom robotics for George Antheil’s “Ballet mecanique,” which will be performed from March 12 to 29, 2006 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. The installation of an all-mechanical Ballet mecanique orchestra is being presented in conjunction with the National Gallery’s major exhibition on Dada. Antheil’s amazing 1924 composition was originally written for three xylophones, four bass drums, tam-tam, two pianists, seven (or so) electric bells, a siren, three airplane propellers and sixteen synchronized player pianos. It is the first time in history that an all-mechanical version of “Ballet mecanique” is being performed.” – Link.
“BALLET MECANIQUE” – Link.