No-Man Band

There’s an item at CNN today about a mechanical music-maker called Cybraphon. It’s the product of a few months of work by a Scottish artist’s collective, and I think it’s rather a nifty bit of work.

Automated music-making is obviously nothing new — music boxes, band organs, and hurdy-gurdys have been around for ages, and of course much, if not most, of everything you hear these days is a collection of samples and synthesized sounds actuated, one way or another, by a computer — but this contraption has, to my ear, something particularly appealing and organic-sounding about it.

You can read the story here (and watch the linked video here) — and to learn more, visit the Cybraphon website, here.

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