Intelligent Sounds was a musical tech installation and film project for Intel. The concept involved developing and building a robot band powered by Intel tablets, and have award-winning recording artist Flume record a song to be performed by the band. Built in-house at Finch, the robots were custom designed and individually laser cut, CNC’d and 3D Printed to bring both traditional, and digital musical instruments to life in an inventive music video.
Several apps were also designed to listen for sound frequency and volume and to react to certain triggers, creating equaliser and waveform effects on the faces of the tablets. A video sync app programmed all the robots to hit the notes simultaneously. The tablets were also used as instruments themselves – those loaded with Xylophone and Mini Plucker applications were positioned on a plinth, in the exact spot where mallets could hit the required, synthesised notes.