Make Minimal Techno With A Sequencer Built Out Of LEGO Bricks

Here's a novel way to combine technology from two different worlds. A 4-track rhythm machine made of LEGO, used to generate techno loops.  

One of the great things about msuic technology is that it is constantly evolving, and people are always finding new and innovative ways to use it. In this case, extremely innovative. In this video, musician Giuseppe Acito of Opificio Sonico shows how to use a mechanical LEGO brick sequencer to create minimal techno loops.

Apparently inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s Tambura Meccanico - the first known automated musical instrument dating from the late 1400s - this LEGO step sequencer is a four-track rhythm machine that uses mechanically generated electric impulses to trigger drum synth and the bass sounds. It's a very unique way to combine technologies old and new!

Gear Used

PATTERN#1 rig: Clavia NORD DRUM2 (HH and Kick), Korg Kaossilator (Bass), Korg Kaosspad mini (Delay), TCelectronics Hall of Fame (Reverb), Roland JX3P+PG200 (Chords) , AMDEK PCK100 (Elect. Percussion), BOSS HC-2 (Hand Clapper), LEGO Technic (Mechanical sequencer).

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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