Robotic 808 drum machine

Introducing fallibility with robotic precision

Inspired by the sounds of the infamous TR-808 drum machine, this robotic instrument by Moritz Simon Geist is unusual in that it explores the concept of “errors” in music.

“A drum beaten by a mechanic robot arm can never be as predictable as a computer generated sound. Consequently, the mechanic character of the installation introduces fallibility into the performance.”

The assortment of percussion instruments are struck using motors and solenoids connected to an Arduino board. This combination of analog parts and robotic controllers is the result of an extensive experimentation process designed to recreate the iconic 808 soundscape.

Discover more about how this was achieved along with other robotic instruments at the project homepage on Sonic Robots.

MR-808 via BoingBoing