Jason sent me a picture of a robot arm he's building, with the ultimate aim of creating a life-size InMoov humanoid robot. In a later message, Jason asked if I would be building an InMoov of my own. I replied that this might be a possibility at some time in the future, but that I would have to finish some of my current project first.
I also pointed him at the classic Animusic Pipe Dreams video and mentioned that one of the guys in the office, my chum Ivan, and I are planning on building a cut-down -- say 6 x 6 foot -- table-top version of this little beauty.
Now, many peoples' knee-jerk reactions are that the Animusic version is just an animation, and that it would be impossible to create a real-world equivalent, so I also pointed Jason at this video of Atom-powered Intel Industrial Controllers replicating the Pipe Dream experience.
Good Grief. I've never hear of a Laser Harp before. Of course, once you see one, several thoughts spring into your mind: "That's a clever idea,""It's an obvious thing to do when you come to think about it,""Ooh, Shiny," and "I want one!" What about you -- could you be tempted to build one of these little rascals?
The father of the laser harp is the french musician and componist Jean-Michel Jarre he let Denis Carnus build one in 1980 and played it in concerts. I've seen it twice live, at that time it was completely incredible (and quite dangerous). Today it's still very impressive.
Some people said it was a fake instrument, I can insure it wasn't, it was linked to an old synthesiser to generate the sound and control the envelope. You can hear it in JM Jarre "Rendez Vous".
That Pipe Dreams animation has been one of my favorites for a long time. I think the Intel trade show booth was very clever, but I don't believe it was producing the music that accompanied it. ....and then there were all the marbles on the floor afterward.