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Slagwerk-101 is an audiovisual sculpture and a visual element for the stage, based on percussion instruments. A conceptual semi-acoustic drum machine built around mechanics, used with synchronized backtracks. Like any modern drum machine, it allows users to program their own rhythms and beats. Via custom-built controller boards, MIDI signals are converted and sent to an array of electromagnetic solenoids, in real-time. Drumsticks are then mounted onto these solenoids, extending the mechanical stroke.
The system is divided into a number of cubic percussion segments, and these cubes can be arranged in many ways. As stages vary in size, so does Slagwerk-101. For cramped stages, the cubes could be stacked vertically, like a monolith choir. For larger spaces, the cubes may be spread out in order to claim the stage, separated from each other like sole pieces.