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Cybraphon: A Narcissistic Musical Robot

Cybraphon: A Narcissistic Musical Robot
culture
Jim Moscater
  • 3 august 2009

The Cybraphon is a handmade musical robot contained in an antique wardrobe made up of instruments, antique machinery, and found objects, all of which are operated by over 60 robotic components.

Although musical robots are certainly something we’ve seen before, the Cybraphon differs from the rest in its relentless obsession with its own online popularity. It scales the web for references to itself, in addition to keeping track of Facebook and Myspace friends. The Cybraphon’s “mood” is determined by how much online attention it gets. Since Internet popularity is a fleeting thing, the Cybraphon emotions are always fluctuating.

It also delivers music reflective of how it’s feeling. When lavished with page hits and friends, it delivers a happy melody. When ignored, it takes things into more melancholy territory.

Cybraphon was designed by Edinburgh-based artist collective/band FOUND, and will be on display at the Inspace Gallery in Edinburgh from August 5th to September 5th as part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

You can also have a look at the Cybraphon’s ever changing moods on Twitter, as well as on Facebook and Flickr.

The Cybraphon in action:

[via Wired]

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