YouTuber Opificio Sonico released the 8th Toa Mata Band performance over the weekend. In addition to his Lego robots, he's got a DIY glove controller for scratching vinyl!
Toa Mata Band is known as the world's first robotic orchestra made out of LEGO® Bionicle / Technic series which debuted on the web in 2013 by publishing on YT the first episode of what would become a video series, which today reaches the eighth installment.
In these 7 years the robot music project created by the deus ex machina Giuseppe Acito (Opificio Sonico) has done tributes to some of the most iconic electronic music bands such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk, some of which imagined a future in which music and robotics could coexist in an artistic project.
The initial inspiration of TMB was to make organic the electronic beats by using the electro-mechanic automations applied to inanimate and anthropomorphous toy figures, by following the evolution of music automations that started in the 1400s from Leonardo da Vinci's inventions which evolved into nowadays music robots. The creative process is a sort of live beat-making, which would otherwise remain a digital process, an "intangible" flux of bit inside a computer that translates into music through mechanical movement. While performing live, the music robots are playing by physically beating on vintage drum synths, smartphones, tiny synthesizers and non-conventional acoustic percussions. The ensemble also features an automated turntable controlled by the hand gestures (Exotrol) of the M.D. Giuseppe.
This episode is yet another tribute, this time dedicated to a band whose influence on rock, sampling art and hip-hop culture is tangible: the Beastie Boys! The 5th album “Hello Nasty”, which won two awards at the 1999 Grammys, featured the song "Intergalactic" released in June 1998 with a video clip directed by Adam Yauch under the pseudonym of Nathanial Hörnblowér.
The video story revolves around a giant tin robot causing destruction by fighting a giant octopus in a city, resulting in a parody and tribute to Japanese Kaiju films. The result is an ingenuous blend of visual art, innovative sound and sense of humor, all does inspired this episode#8 where TMB plays the beat for a "robotic rework" of this masterpiece of the newyorker hip-hop trio.
In memory of Adam Yauch (I hope he has fun watching this)
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