Radiobots

Radiobots
Radiobots
Radiobot 3D visualisation
Radiobot 3D visualisation
Radiobots structural exploded view
Radiobots structural exploded view
Radiobot control panel
Radiobot control panel
Radiobots in progress - freshly cast polyurethane
Radiobots in progress - freshly cast polyurethane
Radiobots in progress -  casting measurements
Radiobots in progress - casting measurements
Radiobots in progress - Ray's electronics desk
Radiobots in progress - Ray's electronics desk
Radiobots Concept
Radiobots Concept
Eugene Ughetti performing the Radiobots
Eugene Ughetti performing the Radiobots
Radiobots at the Shepparton Art Gallery
Radiobots at the Shepparton Art Gallery
Radiobots
Radiobot 3D visualisation
Radiobots structural exploded view
Radiobot control panel
Radiobots in progress - freshly cast polyurethane
Radiobots in progress -  casting measurements
Radiobots in progress - Ray's electronics desk
Radiobots Concept
Eugene Ughetti performing the Radiobots
Radiobots at the Shepparton Art Gallery

RadioBots is a new artwork by Matthew Gardiner.

A radio what?

Radio Robot = Radiobot

Using robotic technology combined with analogue radio signalling, the RadioBots will be truly site-specific in nature, turning their environment into an all-encompassing, resounding instrument.



The RadioBots will respond to rhythms played on a control-panel-instrument. Percussionists will perform on the control-panel-instrument. These signals will trigger radio waves that will control the RadioBots which will be situated on a range of surfaces throughout a venue.



RadioBots are percussive amplifiers. Where most sound systems use vibrating membranes to transmit sounds (eg. speaker cone), RadioBots amplify an audio signal with percussive vibration (eg. a mallet hitting a surface). Radiobots have robotic hands controlled by a simple electronic brain. The brain converts a radio signal into simple beats.



Radiobots Concept



World Premiere Performance





The building become the instrument

Picture a large open building, full of overhead beams, panes of glass, wooden alcoves. RadioBots are mounted on all suitable parts of the building. The percussionist plays the entire space from one location.



The environment becomes the instrument

As an extension to 'the building becomes the instrument', the environment, nature, metal bridges, external glass panes of buildings, large towers, can all sustain low level percussive strikes and become an instrument.



Extension of the percussionist's hand

The percussionist may have multiple instruments spread across a room. Using radiobotic technology the percussionist can play them all from the one location. Radiobots extends the reach of the percussionist's hand.




How to make a Radiobot






With special thanks to Joshua Gardiner (technical assistance) and the team at Eastbank in Shepparton: Rob Robson, Kirsten Paisley, and Jo Ely.



Aphids and the Radiobots are supported by Arts Victoria and The Australian Government through the Australia Council - its arts funding and advisory body.

"meticulously constructed objects... the sonic force reverberates around the rooms and halls to sybiotic effect - what seems like an infestation of the alien quickly becomes a polyvocal chorus of the environment... an agent of purest bedlam." [Christian McCrae, RealTime]

Artist Matthew Gardiner
Technical Designer Ray Gardiner
Composer David Young
Percussionist Eugene Ughetti
Produced by Aphids