LEGO Robot Depeche Mode

LEGO, Robots and a Depeche Mode song. Obviously I love this. It amazes me all the work that went into recreating Everything Counts in such a way. I hope someone in NYC books the Toa Mata Band band because I would love to see it in person.

“Toa Mata Band is known as the World’s first LEGO robotic band controlled by Arduino Uno which is hooked up to a MIDI sequencer. In this video, the third episode, the robots are playing some unconventional drum-percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the D.A.W. Ableton Live. A brand new device appears for the first time, it’s a moving platform on x-axis, made of Lego bricks, gears and servo motors that permits to move with semitones-steps the tiny synth. The song is a cover of the famous synth-pop band Depeche Mode, it’s a personal tribute to the band who made my days in the 80′s. The performance was recorded live in July 2014.” – Opificio Sonico

For more info: facebook.com/ToaMataBand

Lego Minimoog

A Lego Minimoog by flickr user xpfloyd. I have a huge box of Legos and Matchbox cars from the 70s in my storage. Even if I never have kids one of these days I have to play with them again.

“The Minimoog is a monophonic analog synthesizer, invented by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog. It was released in 1970 by R.A. Moog Inc. (Moog Music after 1972), and production was stopped in 1981. It was re-designed by Robert Moog in 2002 and released as Minimoog Voyager.” – Wikipedia

photo credit: xpfloyd

LEGO Jupiter-8

I played with LEGOs and Matchbox cars a few years later than I probably should have. I still have my entire collection safe in boxes in my mother’s basement. Rooms in the house I grew up in with blue carpet were water worlds. Asian rug’s patterns were elaborate streets. I would roll up the corners of the rug’s to make hills and mountains. For some reason my parents let me keep my worlds intact for weeks at a time. It’s hard for me to walk by LEGO stores in malls and not go in. One of the biggest reasons I want to have children someday is so I can play with my toys again. Needless to say I love this LEGO Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer from percussives. He has a few more shots on his Flickr page.

“The company’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. The toys were originally designed in the 1940s in Denmark[1] and have achieved an international appeal, with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, video games, competitions, and four Lego themed amusement parks.” – Wikipedia

photo credit: percussives

For more info: lego.com

Lego Album Covers

I have a massive collection of LEGOs. I haven’t played with them in a few decades but they are stored safely in a huge box. I can’t help myself from walking into the LEGO stores in the various malls that have popped up in the NY area. I want a LEGO USB drive. Got the picture? So yeah LEGO album covers are awesome. Check out the Flickr Group: here

“The members of the LEGO Album Covers group have been recreating classic albums of Flickr for years. Today we bring you a selection but there are lots more wonderful interpretations in the group. Most of the photos include a link to an image of the album it pays tribute to so you can click through to compare.” – blog.flickr.net

photo credit: -lokosuperfluoLEGOman-