Artists integrate digital and analog devices by upcycling scrap electronics and machines into sound instruments.
D.O.R.T.H.E. is a system of recycled metal pieces that turns written words and sentences into musical notes. Taken the shape of a typewriter, the device analyzes words written on its pages, and uses algorithms to identify phrases that contain emotions, among other combinations.
Going by the name of The Danish Orchestra of Radios Talking and Hacked Engines, the contraption was built by Lasse Munk and Søren Andreasen. According to the project description, they’ve incorporated stepper motors, which are electric motors that divides the rotations of electromagnetic gears into equal increments. The contraption also reuses words by analyzing them and turns sentences and phonetics into music. It reacts not only words and numbers, but also to emotional states interpreted in the text.
Watch the video below to see how the typewriter interacts with scrap electronics and outdated machines to generate a scrap soundscape.