Rock Band

Rock Band


The rock band is composed of electromechanical instruments that make music with rocks by throwing them through the air, slapping them and making them vibrate. The song that they’re playing, Here Comes the Sun, is biographical, describing the daily experience of a rock sitting on the ground.

The whole project is controlled by a computer running a MIDI player written in openFrameworks talking to a Teensy. The machines were designed using Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk Inventor. Instructions on how to build your very own Pinger are here. This project was created as part of Autodesk’s awesome artist in residence program.

The rock band is made up of the following members…

Pinger fires small rocks at aluminium keys using solenoids.
Spinner launches magnetic rocks, Hematite, at pieces of marble. Rocks are launched by spinning magnets using Applied Motion stepper motors.
Slapper slaps rocks with fake leather.
Buzzer vibrates the plunger or a solenoid against a piece of marble.

Neil Mendoza || Autodesk Fusion 360

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