Godfried-Willem Raes

Catalogue of instruments and automats (Chronological)

Werkverzeichnis instrumentenbau

Lijst instrumenten, klankskulpturen en automaten (Kronologisch)

Catalogue chronologique des sculptures sonores, automates et instruments de musique

special link to the programmable automats and robots only

special link to the composers manual to the M&M robot orchestra


Instrument Building:

year name description remarks & links    
1968 Theremin vacuum tube instrument      
1968 Automatische Dirigent automatic polymetric conducting device (first robot) used and made for 'Logos 3:5', a composition by the author.  

demolished.

(can functionally be replaced with polymetronome, 1991/1994/2012)

1969 Monochords

(electrified instruments)

instrument stringed instrument    
1969 Ringmodulators analog electronic instruments electronic modulator  
1970 Klavimonochord electrified instrument stringed instrument with keyboard    
1971 Dodekadent analog electronic instrument - voltage controlled [English notes] [Dutch notes] 12 voices, quad-out.  
1971-72 Bellenorgel automated signal bell and car horn automat    
1972 VCS2000 sound box instrument hybrid: electronic and electromechanical  
1972 Ritmisator analog electronic instrument electronic envelope modulator 12 voices, quad-out. demolished.
1972 Dudafoon electroacoustic instrument / sculpture [English notes] [Dutch notes]  
1973 Log Drums instrument, teponatzli percussion: wood  
1973 Singing Saw bowed instrument spring steel and wood  
1974 Fork Resonators instrument percussion: aluminium, steel, brass    
1974 Optorgofoon analog electronic sculpture electronic proximity controlled instrument 24 voices  
1975 Fingerboards (series of many similar instruments) electromechanical instruments electromechanical instruments  
1975 Amplified Springboard electromechanical instruments repaired 03/2014  
1975 Springbanjo electromechanical instrument skin, wood, spring    
1976 Synthelog (series) portable synthesizers [English notes] [Dutch notes]  
1976 Synthelog for kids portable synthesizers repaired 03/2014  
1977 Manipulofoon handoperated tape playback device two tape playback heads, mounted on a stand used in 'TimeFrames'
1977 Optosynth Optically controlled kid synthesizer repaired 03.2014  
1978 Fingerbox soundbox instrument [English notes] [Dutch notes] used in 'Arbeidslust'
1978 Canons remote controlled canons for dummy explosives (commisioned by the National Philharmonic Orchestra)   probably lost or destroyed
1980 Singing Bicycles turning bicycles into instruments [English text] [Dutch text] [French notes]   one set available at Logos, one set owned by Charlie Morrow (New York), one set made in Cork, Ireland (2008).
1981 Kraakdoos made for children sound workshops rechecked 03.2014  
1982 Hex digital installation,

electroacoustic computer controlled orchestra

computer controlled miniature acoustic instruments    
1982 Digital Loudspeaker audio art project Talking Flames  
1983 Holosound sonar installation [Dutch text] [English text] [French text]   one copy owned by 'Klanspeeltuin', Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, one copy owned by MIM, Brussels.
1983/84 Cassette Manipulofoon manual cassette tape scratch machine    
1987 Toetkuip

outdoors event & instrument

download wave sound

[Dutch Text] [English Text]

(revised 2005)

180kg
1987 Klankboot outdoors event & instrument [Dutch Text] 240kg  
1986/96 Pneumafoon orchestra/ sculpture

[English] [Dutch]

Complete pneumaphone catalogue on the web: click link above

ca. 2000kg

1991 (V1)

2002 (V2)

2007 (V3)

2009 (V4)

Autosax

automatic robotic instrument, programmable

midi implemented

programmable automatic instrument  
1992 Muscle-interface computer-controller human interface   myoelectric amplifier, can also be used to capture plant signals.
1993 BOM-invisible instrument invisable instrument (digital interface) using ultrasound [English text]   one copy owned by the Brussels MIM
1993 Brainwave-interface computer-controller human interface    
1993 Virtual Jews Harp radar controlled instrument Virtual Jews Harp    

1994 (V1)

2012 (V2)

Polymetronome computerized conductor

performance tool

Dutch description and details

 
1995 (V1) Player Piano digital automatic instrument, in collaboration with Trimpin

[Dutch only: naar betreffend hoofdstuk in kursus Experimentele Muziek]

circuit details: 2116.html

 
1995 Sonar Ranger computerinterface human interface    
1995 Egg 3-axis accelleration controller for gestural sound control. [Het ei van Godfried]    
1996 Optoson optical sound camera      
1997 Theremins historical distance controlled instrument   new design  

1997 (V1)

2005 (V2)

<Vox Humanola>

programmable automated instrument with single reed-pipes. Pneumatic

5 octaves

Equal temperament A=440Hz

Programmable Barrelorgan

to the right: Vox Humanola

250kg

1998 (V1)

2007 (V2)

<Piperola>

programmable automated instrument with flue pipes. Pneumatic

4 octaves

 

Equal temperament

A=440Hz

Programmable Barrelorgan

to the right: Piperola

140kg

1999 Circuit for 'Elektries Strijkkwartet' van Dick Raaijmakers analog circuit: matrix mixer interactive instrumental interface commissioned by 'Champ d'Action'
1999/2009 Programmable Barrelorgan

under construction

<Melauton>

programmable modular automatic instrument

Equal temperament.

A= 440Hz

 

 
2000/2001/ 2005 <Harma>

 

joined the robot orchestra in june 1th 2001. This automat can be taken outdoors, if the weather is dry.

programmable automated harmonium (reed organ)

Equal temperament

A=435Hz

65kg
2000 Zwiep accelleration controller to be mounted on a flute. Based on an accelleration sensing device.   for Karin Defleyt  

2000 (V1)

2006 (V2)

Klung

This automat can be taken outdoors, if the weather is dry.

Revised august-september 2006.

programmable automated brass angklung

Equal temperament.

A=440Hz

ca.250 kg.

2000 (V1)

2006 (V2)

ThunderWood

joined the robot orchestra in in july 2000

Some extra features added in 2002.

Revised in september 2006.

Features added october 2010.

programmable woodblock assembly with thundersheet, windmachine, rattle, lightning, rainmachine, bird and cricket. ca. 110 kg

2000 (V1)

2006 (V2)

Springers

joined the robot orchestra in in september 2000

Revised september 2006

programmable large spring installation (4 to 6 large tetrahedral structures, 2 small), also incorporating motor driven siren, police flashlight and shakers. ca. 200kg

2000 (V1)

2004 (V2)

Troms joined the robot orchestra in in august 2000. Revized, april 2004. programmable assembly of 7 drums , from large to small. Small cymbal added 2004. ca. 95kg

2000/2001 (V1)

2007 (V2)

Rotomoton joined the robot orchestra in may 2001. Revized 2007. programmable assembly of 5 rototoms, from large to small ca.250kg
2000/2002 Bourdonola

constructed in collaboration with Marc Maes

joined the robot orchestra in august 2002. Revised 2004.

low register programmable barrelorgan. The register consists of open wooden flue pipes.

Equal temperament.

A=440Hz

Notes 36-62

ca. 250kg
2001 Vibi

joined the robot orchestra in 16.10.2001

minor modifications:20.01.2004

programmable automated vibraphone.

Equal temperament

A=442Hz

ca.95kg
2002

 

Belly

joined the robot orchestra in 20.04.2002

revised: 08.2006

programmable automated brass carillon with 34 bells. ca.150kg
2002/2003 Flex

joined the robot orchestra in 15.01.2003.

Under revision, 2011

programmable singing saws ca.170 kg
2002 Dripper

joined the robot orchestra in 21.10.2002, premiered at the Krakow Audio Art Festival November 2nd, 2002.

Revised 03.2005.

programmable dripping machine (12 drips)

Expanded to 24 drips in 2005

11 kg
2003 Tubi joined the robot orchestra in 07.05.2003. Premiered at the M&M concert in Ghent, Logos Tetrahedron on may 8th 2003.

quartertone automated tubophone

Equal 24 tone temperament.

A=442Hz

ca. 85kg
2003 / 2007

 

<So>

 

joined the robot orchestra in august 2003.

Revised august 2007.

automated sousaphone, with extended microtonal possibilities. ca. 80 kg
2003/ 2004 <Puff>

joined the robot orchestra in , april 2004

PIR movement sensors added in 2010.

automated quartertone puff-organ.

24-tone equal temperament

A-440Hz

ca.250kg
1999/2005 Trump

(1999-2004)

joined the robot orchestra in july 2004.

Pipe renovation: 09.2005

programmable barrelorgan module (trumpet register)

Equal temperament.

A=440Hz

160kg
2004/2007 <Hurdy>

joined the robot orchestra in august 2004.

Revized 2007.

two stringed automated bass hurdy gurdy

A=440Hz

120kg

2004 (V1)

2005 (V2)

<Ake>

(2003-2005)

first version joined the robot orchestra in december 2004.

second version august 2005

automated accordion 65kg
2004/2005 <Llor> joined the robot orchestra in january 2005 stainless steel bells 220kg
2004/2005 <pp2>

our second and much improved player piano

joined the robot orchestra in july 2005

fingers replaced 2006

with pedal module (joined the robot orchestra in september 2005)

45kg

pedal: 35kg

2004/2005 <Sire>

joined the robot orchestra in 18.05.2005

24 programmable sirens (suspended or setup up in line, or spacial as 3 separate modules of 8 sirens each) 35kg
2005 Nail violin finished 04.2005 made for Moniek Darge. Circular shape, hardened steel nails. 1kg stolen, 2006.
2005 <la Vacca>

joined the robot orchestra on 12.06.2005

 

48 automated cowbells 150kg
2005-2006 <Krum> joined the robot orchestra in february 2006

an automated Krummhorn organ register, 56 pipes.

Equal temperament, A=440Hz

Notes 36-91

120kg
2004/2006 <Psch> joined the robot orchestra in february 2006 an automated collection of vibrating stainless steel sheets 9kg
2006 <Snar> joined the robot orchestra in may 2006 an automated full featured snare drum 12kg
2005/2006

<Vitello>

joined the robot orchestra in april 2006. 36 automated cowbells 93 kg
2005/2010 <Bono>

joined the robot orchestra in december 2008

revized 2010

an automated rotary valve trombone

equal temperament A=440Hz, with microtonal possibilities.

35kg
2004/2008 <Qt>

A collaborative project with Hogent, department of music and drama.

joined the robot orchestra in june 2008

quartertone pipe organ with closed flue pipes - 6 octaves

Equal 24 tones temperament A=440Hz

226kg
2006/2008 <Bako>

joined the robot orchestra in february.2008

 

an automated bass accordion with bellows

Equal temperament A=440Hz

40kg
2007 <Xy> joined the robot orchestra in april 2007

an automated quartertone xylophone

Equal temperament A=442Hz

65kg
2007 <Casta Due> joined the robot orchestra in may 2007 an automated set of 16 castanets 9.2kg
2007/2010 <Simba> joined the robot orchestra in july 2007 automated cymbals 70kg
2007 <HY1> finished october 2007 hybrid sonar and radar sensor 2kg
2007 <Axe3> finished november 2007 acceleration sensing devices 500g  
2007 <Pir2> finished december 2007 pyrodetecting body sensor with midi output 250g  
2007/2010 <Aeio> joined the robot orchestra in 2010 an automated aeolian cello 100kg
2007 <Handy One> finished december 2007 octal pressure pad midi controller 300g
2007/2008 <Heli> joined the robot orchestra in december 2008 an automated helicon 53 kg
2008/2010 <Korn>

joined the robot orchestra in december 2008

<Korn> was awarded the public prize at the ArtBot 2011 robot talent show organised by TimeLab.

an moving automated Bb cornet 8kg
2008 <Toypi> joined the robot orchestra in august 2008 robotic 3 octave toy piano 10kg
2008/2010 <Ob>

joined the robotorchestra in 2009

automated oboe, with movement  
2009 <Hat>

hardware finished 31.09.2009

delivered: december 2009

hit-anything robot designed and build for Aphex Twin

 

94 kg
2009/2010 <harmO> joined the robot orchestra in february 2010

a 9 register reed organ

6-0ctave ambitus.

115 kg
2009/2010 <Bomi> joined the robot orchestra in august 2010

an automated wood-pipe organ with individual note expression control.

3-octaves

50 kg
2010 <ii2010> invisible instrument, analog FM frontend doppler sonar and radar based 2 kg  
2011 <Fa>

joined the robot orchestra in may 2011

Version 1.2: october 2012

an automated bassoon with extended possibilities, including movement. 45 kg
2011 <Spiro> joined the robot orchestra in august 2011 an automated spinet 60kg
2011/2012 <Synchrochord> under construction now a fretted monochord 70kg
2012 Unter Strom Harp Harp with five 6m long strings for the performance of 'Unter Strom' by Mauricio Kagel this is not a robotic instrument. 60kg  
2012 <Klar> Operational since september 2012. an automated alto Eb clarinet with extended possibilities including microtonality and movement. 59 kg
2012 Radial Blower build for the performance of 'Unter Strom' by Mauricio Kagel 3 phase motor with controller and balanced radial blade fan 8kg  
2012 Windmill build for the performance of 'Taktil' by Mauricio Kagel propellor with 1280mm diameter, driven with a handcrank. With wind machine, drum and canvas. 120kg
2013 <Tenblo> an automated set of twelve chinese temple blocks   32kg
2013 <Saf> a safety power supply unit for the entire robot orchestra Not an instrument in itself. 40kg
2013 <Horny> an automated microtonal french horn 650mmx 650mm, height 700mm 35kg
2013 <Asa>

an automated alto saxophone

  30kg
2013 <Whisper> an experimental instrument using cavity resonators   25 kg
2014 <Rodo> struck bronze rods with dampers and electromagnetic drive mechanism to make it sing 31 bronze tone rods 60 kg
2014 <Snar2> automated snare drum commisioned by Aphex Twin    
2014 <Ribby> under research a ribbon string instrument    
2004/2014 <Raspa> projected for late fall 2014. Designed 11/2003 automated precision ratchet    
2005/2014 <Klaks> in preparation 2008/2014 programmable compressed air car horn organ    

Automats & Robots: Soundsculpture

[a more systematic catalogue is available by clicking this link] [een meer overzichtelijke katalogus is beschikbaar via deze link]

year title/name   links  
1971-1973 Bellenorgel automatic instrument [English notes] [Dutch notes] [English text]

 

on LP-record - IGLOO label

1975 Beltotem interactive sculpture [English notes]  
1975 Beltelefoon interactive sculpture [English notes]
1979 Sirene robot, interactive composing automat [English text]
1997 Cloudrider

Wolkenrijder

sound sculpture, robot [bilingual article]
2000 Slag-werk uses: Klung as well as ThunderWood , Troms and Springers 'Web Strikes Back' although these are really programmable instruments, they can work stand alone with specific software as pieces of soundsculpture. Interactive versions and audio art installations are possible as well.

 

We offer many different and spectacular full evening concert programs featuring these automats alone, in different combinations, as well as in combination with musicians and dancers (M&M orchestra). Concert organizers, feel free to enquire! Right now we are working on 'Technofaustus', a large scale music theatre composition by Godfried-Willem Raes, scored for all the robots, actors, dancers and musicians...

Next M&M-orchestra concert with musicians and automats.

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Last updated: 2014-03-26 by Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes