Techno music has become folk art, popular music idiom. Yet it’s still often viewed through the machines that first made it. What if you could give it some sort of physical, mechanical form?
That’s what Graham Dunning has done with Mechanical Techno. And in a new video (produced by Michael Forrest), he shows how it’s done.
Cut-up records on turntables stand in for samples and synths. Electrical contacts produce buzzes of sound as wires touch copper. Cowbells become kinetic, robotic sculptural elements.
Basically, every rhythmic element is mapped into physical space, into locations on discs.
Oh yeah, and be sure to enjoy what happens at the end as optical sensors go nuts with additional objects.