Unfortunately, we discovered that to do this involved super high powered magnets, and the fluid also took it's sweet time to form the shape. We found a couple of 'coilers' online who generously offered to come to our shoot and build their coil and operate it for us. We had a limited amount of time, just two days. His latest project, which you can view below, repurposes several industrial robots into a 21st century bot band. Behind the scenes: But it doesn't stop there. I don't think he really knew what I was talking about, but happily he said yes, and in July 2013 we started researching the experiments and buying bits and pieces online.
Most of them involved playing odd sounding tones to generate the required patterns, and often at high speed so that we could shoot slow motion. We scheduled the shoot for December 2013 - just in time for New York and the polar vortex to provide a blizzard for us, and although some roads were closed all the crew managed to arrive. Plasma Ball In the middle section of the song I am seen playing a Plasma Ball. Some coils allow you to control the timing of the sparks, allowing you to control the pitch and play tunes on the coil. Two weeks before we were due to shoot the video, I found instructions on how to make a tube, purchased all the parts, and set to work.
They are doing the programmed movements you see, perhaps not at the same speed, perhaps not at the same time, but its real. In hindsight I'm glad I'm glad it didn't work out though because the last thing five year old me needed was to experience a real-life Five Nights At Freddy's. The new gen robots from Kuka are amazing. When reporting, please explain why you think it should be removed. Flesh and blood musicians might be pondering a revolt of their own right about now. This was connected to another hose that ran to a drain. The camera could be programmed to make a move, then the robots positioned in the background and the same move filmed again.
After finding out what frequencies resonated the plate the best, I selected four shapes that looked good, giving me four notes to use for the musical instrument that would accompany it. Not so fun in the sub-freezing temperatures! Chladni Plate First up was the. While the piano and synth were relatively easy instruments to teach the robots to play, others presented more of a challenge. Messages should be sent as a modmail to. Simon Wyndham is Deputy Editor of RedShark News, a professional cameraman and video producer of 20 odd years. More information about the Automatica video can be found on.
The main water hose worked fine, but the catcher didn't drain and the water just overflowed on to the floor. But he insisted on doing all the engineering himself. Stanford spent a month in his garage teaching mechanical arms to work piano keys, wield guitar picks and drumsticks and press percussion foot pedals. For the final shot, we wanted to have the arc form between the ground and the jumping feet of our intern slash stunt double, Mike. Nigel Stanford is a New Zealand musician who creates sound experiments using mechanics and technology.
No Porn, Gore, or Death. It was New York City - of course there would! On set, the experiments were all controlled from my laptop. With a background in indy feature making, he has been writing camera reviews and tech articles for as long as he can remember. The robots in the video come from , a Germany-based manufacturer of industrial robotic systems. Essentially the robots we have can perform that fast, however, it was not practical nor safe on set to have them perform at that speed.
Happy to answer any questions! People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colors, or see a color when they hear various sounds. As we'd have the sub woofer in the shot, I felt that it would look good with something that generated low frequencies, like a kick drum. This had happened many times in testing but I had not brought any spare fuses with me. You may remember Stanford from an incredible video called , released two years ago, which highlighted how sound can affect matter in some genuinely spectacular ways. Now that I know that this shot is a composite, I'm a little more ok with it. The position of my hand is supposed to imply the amount of filter being applied to the sound.
Also look closely at the motion blurring. Stanford told The Verge that the video is essentially a performance, although the music was specifically written to sound like something the robots could play. Pete Townshend would be proud. I had built the stand for the drum kit with a plastic tray to catch the water. We were very nervous lighting it up, but everything worked perfectly. September 19, 2017 This is a video of musician Nigel Stanford performing his song 'Automatica'. We purchased one from a website for school science teachers, and operating it was fairly easy once we figured out that it should be perfectly balanced and covered with a minimum amount of sand.
In 1999 I watched a documentary on '' - a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain. The project is the brainchild of engineer-artist-and all around musical mad scientist, Nigel Stanford. The robots play much of the music on the album using five main instruments — drums, bass, piano, synth and turntables. I don't have to believe everything on the internet for it to be meant to make me believe. We tried wrapping wire around the drum sticks in the hope that an arc of electricity would jump from the cymbals to the sticks, but the small coil wasn't strong enough and there were only a couple of small flashes created. The drums, for instance, are not what the robot is playing. You pour sand on the plate, and play various tones though the speaker.
Who cares, the videos pretty bad ass. Not very useful for us as we wanted something that would work rhythmically with the music. Keep going for the video stick around to the end for lasers and destruction , as well as a short behind-the-scenes practice run. Each movement had to be programmed individually by him and tested repeatedly. We liked the idea of seeing electricity, and found a company that made an enormous one 4 ft in diameter, and in various shapes.