Cybraphon is the latest project from Edinburgh-based artist collective FOUND (Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman).

Inspired by early 19th century mechanical bands such as the nickelodeon, Cybraphon is an interactive version of a mechanical band in a box. Consisting of a series of robotic instruments housed in a large display case, Cybraphon behaves like a real band. Image conscious and emotional, the band’s performance is affected by online community opinion as it searches the web for reviews and comments about itself 24 hours a day.

This website documents the progress of the project as Cybraphon is comes to life at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (ESW).

Cybraphon is funded by the Alt-w Production Award administered by New Media Scotland and will be unveiled at the Edinburgh Arts Festival on 5 August 2009 in InSpace Gallery (Inspace, Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB).

Read more here.

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  • By Continuumix #5 « Continuo’s weblog on September 30, 2009 at 4:43 am

    [...] Cybraphon is a kind of steampunk mechanical instrument created by the Edinburgh-based collective FOUND (Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman). It makes beautiful sounds like a regular 19th [...]

  • By Masters of Media on October 16, 2009 at 6:49 am

    [...] created the robot treats it very much as an individual creature. Their website describes it as “image conscious and emotional,“ like an indie rock band painfully aware of the whims of fate. YouTube videos show it [...]

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