ABSOLUT MACHINES – Amazing robotic, web connected ping-pong tossing musical instrument, a large-scale electromechanical sculpture

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ABSOLUT MACHINES – Amazing robotic, web connected ping-pong tossing musical instrument, a large-scale electromechanical sculpture

Quartet 5 Copy-1
Quartet 9 Copy-1
Quartet 19 Small Copy-1
Quartet 2 Copy-1

I met up with Dan Paluska (the other maker is Jeff Lieberman) – they have created the “ABSOLUT QUARTET”, an “automated multi-instrumental orchestral machine, a large-scale electromechanical sculpture consisting of three instruments and thousands of parts, working together to create one piece of music. The main timbre is a marimba played by balls shot from a robotic cannon. Other components include a series of wineglasses played by little robotic fingers and an array of robotic percussive instruments”. If you’re in NYC this is a must-see in person (186 Orchard st.).

Above – some photos and my video!


13 thoughts on “ABSOLUT MACHINES – Amazing robotic, web connected ping-pong tossing musical instrument, a large-scale electromechanical sculpture

  1. JimmyHTSAC says:

    You know that seems like animusic thing. Really cool though.

  2. Dirkus says:

    Argh. I’m not sure why, but Blip.tv, and ONLY Blip.tv, makes all the computers I use cry. The blip.tv player always renders a slideshow set to chopped up audio on all 4 of the computers I use on a daily basis, including 2 pentium 4’s with 1 and 2 gb of ram each. Can someone kindly mirror this on youtube? I’m willing to sacrifice resolution for watchability.

  3. pt says:

    @Dirkus – here is a giant AVI, download it and you can watch it without problems.

    youtube died when i tried to upload it there.

  4. Mitch says:

    I had both of these ideas in my head and I was going to make a smaller scale version of this, inspired is Animusic “Pipe Dream”. Glad to see this made though it’s awesome.

  5. Mats Engstrom says:

    After 5 years the ATI Radeon 9700 demo video has become a reality. Almost.

    You’ve probably already seen this really great video of an orchestra being played by balls. If you have it’s time to see it again an relive old memories. If you haven’t you really must see it.

    Crappy youtube-version of it with the audio and video slightly out-of-sync:

    Or you can get it here:
    Click on the link for the Animusic 34 MB MPG-file.

  6. Bill says:

    really doubt they are ping pong balls–wouldn’t be dense enough to play a marimba and give this tone. Most likely rubber I’m guessing.

    Amazing machine!

  7. necoro says:

    …Where is the AVI link? The Flash video is basically unusable.

    And I was *just* in NYC yesterday. Wonder how long it will be there?

  8. Paul says:

    not quite as clever, but amusing, are the musical magnetic trees – http://blip.tv/file/680682/

  9. Sevolia says:

    So coooooooooooooooooool !!!

  10. dan says:

    You can see a much clearer produced video of the machine in action here->

    It’s important to note that the machine is interactive through the website. You login to the website, enter a melody, and listen as the machine plays a piece based on what you enter. Then you also get a video download link afterwards.

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