Absolut Machines is Absolut's promotional initiative that explores where technology meets design in the form of two "machines." Last night we got to check out one, the Absolut Quartet, an interactive multi-instrumental robotic machine. It consists of a marimba played by rubber balls precisely shot from a robotic cannon, a series of spinning wineglasses dampened by robotic fingers and an array of percussive instruments.
The upshot is an electromechanical sculpture that fuses art, technology and interactivity. Completing the Quartet, users from around the world are able to interact with the machine online by inputting a short musical snippet on a simple keyboard. The machine then processes this information and responds with a unique musical composition which is live streamed at Absolut Machines. Have a look at CH's composition here.
Created by Dan Paluska and Jeff Lieberman, it needs to be experienced. Play the instrument though the DOS-like Absolut Machines and if you're in the NY area be sure to check it out live and in person. More images after the jump
Absolut Machines: Absolute Quartet
28 February – 30 April 2008
186 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10012 map
tel. +1 212 600 9263