project from April 2014 to November 2019
Music machines

I’m building a series of robotic instruments that play music based on MIDI input. Inspired by orchestrions and a long fascination I’ve had with fairground organs and street organs, these instruments are meant to entertain, not merely make interesting sounds.

What’s done now

Small victories in the endless race against time:

What’s next

This is a true back-burner of a project, but it’s alive and well. Current research is focused on:

What will be

I packed up my electronics workspace at Orbital a few months ago, and declare this project to be officially on ice until a new workshop or music space turns up.

Chris Willard