We have created several interactive installations in the past, such as the Gurgle Splosher, commissioned in 2017 by Landlines & Watermarks. We also have some in development, such as the Small Incredibly Big Container- more on that soon. Here you can find out all about our flagship installation, the mighty ACOUSATRON…
A Terrifying, Interactive, Upcycled Noise Contraption
The heart of a piano and four violins; played by you with motorised mechanical agitators upcycled from dead computers. This is raw analogue circuitry, electromotors, mechanical systems and found acoustic objects built into a meta-musical contraption. Large consoles house the controllers allowing groups of people to explore the sonic potential of each instrument and jam with their friends. What comes out is beautiful improvised electroacoustic music- or a horrendous cacophany, depending on your personal taste. Fascination guaranteed.
The Acousatron is ideal for large events where lots of people want to have a go at something. The consoles that allow people to interact with the instruments house eight specialist controllers, each of which has different ways of controlling the sounds. The amplified sounds are large, complex and constantly changing.
The Acousatron V3 (as featured in the promo video) is supplied with 4kWatt sound system, lighting and everything required. Three performers/facilitators are needed to fully support the installation. We can potentially take the whole installation and the crew in our van to any event realistically accessible by road. Day 1: £1000, additional days: £800 + travel (30p/mile) + accommodation.
The consoles for the Acousatron V5 (as featured at the Moscow Maker Faire 2018) were built at Fab lab Moscow using lazer cutters and CNC routers- all of the active instruments we can take in our luggage. This means that the Acousatron installation is available for use at any event anywhere in the world if you have access to Fab Lab -type tools and can provide the PA system.
In May 2018 the Acousatron was featured at Polytech Festival in Gorky Park, Moscow in collaboration with Cardboardia. For this event the instruments were fitted into a custom-made installation, the ‘noise kitchen’. In September 2018 we were back in Moscow for the Maker Faire, in collaboration with FabLab Moscow.
V1 was built and exhibited for the first time in the Bassline Circus dome at Glastonbury Festival in 2010. V2 was built in 2011, V3 was built in 2014 and continues to develop. (V4 & V5 were built and destroyed in Moscow). During this time the Acousatron has graced many festivals and events: Glastonbury, Latitude, Green Man, Camp Bestival, Beat Herder, Boomtown, Parklife, UK Maker Faire, Big Bang Fair, Future Everything, Jimmy’s Farm, CarFest, Edinburgh Science Festival, Jodrell Bank Festival, the National Science & Media Museum, the Science & Industry Museum, and many other smaller events and institutions.