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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Darbuka band - Hack a Day

Darbuka band

posted Sep 22nd 2010 10:00am by Mike Szczys
filed under: musical hacks

This robotic band has just the right amount of drums. [Liat] and his colleagues fit a group of Darbuka drums with a pair of servo-driven mallets. We’re quite surprised that the servo motors achieve such a successful strike and rebound without dampening the vibrations of the drum head. This is more often accomplished with solenoids because of their quick response and relative strength.

You can listen to a performance of the ensemble in the video after the break or make plans to see it live. The installment was built for the Bat-Yam international biennale of landscape urbanism. It will be attached to, and powered by alternative energy producers like solar cells and wind turbines.

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