A Terrifying, Interactive, Upcycled Noise Contraption
Covid Update 2020
Acousatron Contactless: 100% ‘hands off’
We are in the process of adapting the Acousatron v3 to be completely contactless so that it can be used within social distancing and safety guidelines. UV, ultrasound and laser proximity sensors will replace all previous ‘hand-on’ controllers. This means that no-one will need to touch it at all but it will still look and sound just as amazing as before!
The installation can be positioned so that visitors enter on one side, work their way round (keeping at safe distances) using the contactless sensors to create the usual blissful cacophany, and then leave from the other side, a little bit older and much wiser.
Acousatron v3.2 Contactless will be ready for bookings by early July.
Acousatron v3.2 Contactless
This has always been a ‘hands-on’ installation that encourages participants to engage with tactile controllers; not just pressing buttons and switches but spinning, scratching, plucking and twanging things. How can we translate this experience using sensors that respond to hand movements in the air, with no physical contact? How do we avoid those boring digital wafty sounds that often accompany beam technology? Our sensors will not generate sound directly, instead participants can use them to trigger the mechanical movements of motos and servos, hitting amplified instruments and acoustic objects. Some will be easy to trigger and -in keeping with the original design- some will be a challenge.
Yes, of course, there will still be huge bass sounds from hacked hard drives.
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
UK & Eurpoean bookings
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 incur extra costs.
The consoles for the Acousatron V5 (as featured at the Moscow Maker Faire 2018 & 19) were built at FabLab 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.