Saturday, March 15, 2008
"A giant kinetic sculpture that composes music based on input from website visitors. Known as the Absolut Quartet, the musical machine is the creation of engineer-designers Dan Paluska and Jeff Lieberman and is part of Absolut Machines, a global technology project sponsored by the spirits company that asks, "In an Absolut world, would machines be creative?"
The Absolut Quartet's three-minute songs are not only surprisingly soulful but also visually stunning. When a chord is played, the rubber balls fly almost six feet into the air before hitting the marimba keys, making one suspect a squad of tiny, highly-skilled jugglers with meticulous timing lurking beneath. Other components include a series of wineglasses played by little robotic fingers and an array of robotic percussive instruments."
This is around the corner from my apartment. It's times like this when I love my neighborhood.
186 Orchard St.
Installation ends April 30