Robot installation MR-808 is a replica of the famous ’80s electronic drum machine TR-808 – with robots playing the drums!

Let’s get physical: MR-808 is the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 1980s – in the real world:
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Moritz Simon Geist has been playing electronic music for several years now, and at some place was bored of the electronic music production process. With binary logic, everything is possible. So he decided to go back to the roots of sound generation – the physical sound generation.

Moritz ended up replacing all the electronic sounds of a whole drum computer, placed in a 3,3 x 1,7m² case. It makes the “MR-808” – a truly mechanic replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine TR-808!


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MR-808 – mechanic sound robot (all drums, miced)
A mechanic relay controlled via arduino (bass sound)
Gameboy – Arduinoboy hardware (8 bit chiptune sound)
Everything was programmed in Ableton, only equing and compression has been applied.

Filmography: David Campesino
Music: Moritz Simon Geist

(Thanks again, Sander!)

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