Toa Mata Band: World’s first LEGO band #ArduinoD14
Music producer Giuseppe Acito built a LEGO band out of Bionicle pieces, which are controlled by an Arduino Uno. Sit back, relax and listen to the smooth beats of the Toa Mata Band. via gizmag.
Each “member” of the band is constructed from LEGO Bionicle pieces rigged with rubber bands and pulleys. Their arms are controlled by an Arduino Uno connected to an iPad running Nord Beat, a MIDI sequencer app. The tiny bots essentially perform a MIDI sequence by hitting the instrument they’re facing when prompted.
So far, Acito has used a range of different synthesizers and drum machines, including some vintage equipment. The way the bots are set up, they can perform a pre-programmed song or play live with a human operator adding commands to the MIDI sequence in real-time.
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