Le Discomatik

The discomatik is a Hardware MIDI sequencer. This machine consists of 16 tracks divided into 32 steps so 512 buttons. Each button corresponds to a sound. An industrial robot is placed in the center, its role is to replay sequences prepared in studio.
Hardware circular automatic MIDI sequencer This project is part of a more global industrial robot diversion project. Jean-Marie is a robotics engineer, musician and he recovers old industrial robots to convert them into artistic projects. His most famous project is called "Le Bistromatik". It is an industrial robot (Nestor) which has been fixed on a mobile platform transformed into a bistro where the robot plays the role of bartender.
The discomatik is a Hardware MIDI sequencer which, like a DAW, allows you to compose MIDI sequences.
Here the table of notes is a circle around which circulates a luminous bar which marks the tempo. Each time this bar encounters a lit button, sound is produced. The video shows a work step in which the buttons are activated manually. Eventually the buttons will be activated with the industrial robot placed in the center of the circle.

Jean-Marie Ollivier : Maker & Musician
The maker Jean-Marie Ollivier
I work with industrial robots that I divert to integrate them into show installations. I have been doing this since 2010. I am also a musician (traditional music) and I am very interested in the idea of ​​playing music with robots. I work notably on a violinist robot then also on a percussionist :-)

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How I can help you:
This project which is based on 2 arduino allowed me to be confronted with the multiplication of the inputs/outputs of the arduino to control the 512 lighted buttons. If someone needs advice on applications of this type, I can help!