A Terrifying, Interactive, Upcycled Noise Contraption
The heart of a piano, a rubber band, a door spring, an ultra-sonic Theremin, an analogue synth, a Nose Tester, some hacked Bass Drives, a slinky and four violins; played by you with motorised mechanical agitators upcycled from dead computers. This is raw analogue circuitry, electro-motors, mechanical systems and found acoustic objects built into a mechanelectracoustic 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 cacophony, depending on your personal taste. Fascination guaranteed.
– Caution: Deviant audio in use. No liability for long term effects accepted –
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. Depending on the nature of the event the Acousatron experience can be taken up several levels with costumed performers who interact, encourage and jam with visitors/participants.
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, additional staff or volunteers may be required for some events. 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. Long distance and overseas trips may incurr extra costs.
The consoles for the Acousatron V5 (as featured at the Moscow Maker Faire 2018 & 19) 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 & 2019 we were back in Moscow for the Maker Faire, in collaboration with FabLab Moscow.