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A Rock Band Like You've Never Seen Before

by Eric Rice

At Applied Motion Products we love machines of every type. Most days we feel like we’ve seen it all, but occasionally we’re surprised by something new and different. The latest project by artist Neil Mendoza is one of those occasions.

“Rock Band” is an electromechanical instrument designed to play the Beatles song Here Comes the Sun. The machine makes music with rocks by throwing them through the air, slapping them and making them vibrate. According to Neil the song is biographical, describing the daily experience of a rock sitting on the ground. We think it’s awesome and expect you might, too. Click here to listen, and watch, the instrument in action.

The rock band is made using STM integrated steppers, rocks, aluminum keys, solenoids, and additional hardware. Neil developed the machine as part of his residency at Autodesk in San Francisco. You can read more about it here.

In addition to STM integrated steppers, Neil has used TSM StepSERVO™ Integrated Motors in some of his other cool electromechanical projects. You can visit his website to see all his projects, and below is a list of a few others that utilize our integrated motors.

Neil Mendoza is a multi-media artist who uses digital and mechanical technologies to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. His artwork has been exhibited by The Science Museum, The V&A, Watermans, Currents New Media Festival, and many more. He has created digital artworks for a wide range of clients. You can read more about him here.

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