Arduino Technology
The Toa Mata Arduino-MIDI Robot Percussion Band

Toa Mata Band_RED1
Toa Mata Band_2

MAKEZINE_1MonJolt_BadgeOur drumming overlords have arrived in the form of Arduino-driven LEGO Bionicle percussion-bots and an iPad MIDI sequencer app, courtesy of Italian maker and sound producer Giuseppe Acito. I don’t need to say much really, the video below speaks beats for itself. I’ve already watched it twice, and can’t wait to see episode 2! More photos available on the Opificio Sonico Flickr.

14 thoughts on “The Toa Mata Arduino-MIDI Robot Percussion Band

  1. The little robots playing mechanical things like the bells is quite cool. The ones playing electronic instruments like the drum machine is a little too rube goldbergish for me. I’d prefer to see those sounds being played electronically by the sequencer.

  2. Oh my gosh that is so cool and creative! I dont know how you come up with things like this. Whenever im trying to think up a cool arduino project, i am always left blank minded. when i see something cool like this, i have to go and try it for myself. great job.

  3. Very cool. This could be a nice way to teach kids several disciplines at the same time while incorporating cool LEGO figurines, which btw my son relates too on the deepest of levels. Any plans to release some of the blueprints for how this is achieved? Nice work.

  4. I never thought I would apply the word “cute” to little killer looking robots, but that made me smile big time.

Comments are closed.


I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

View more articles by Nick Normal