Mechanical Installation Mimics Musical Track To Bring It To Life [Video]

Mechanical Installation Mimics Musical Track To Bring It To Life [Video]
Arts & Culture

Track from Timo Maas mesmerizes you with an Arduino-controlled ball dispenser.

Ross Brooks
  • 2 december 2013

German DJ, producer and dance music artist Timo Maas has made an art installation built by a Japanese creative team the focus of his mesmerizing new music video called “Tantra.” The track comes off his latest album called Lifer, and demonstrates just how well mechanical design and music can work together to keep you on the edge of your seat.

“We decided to make something extra special for the video and spent a lot of time trying to come up with strange and different concepts,” said Maas when talking with Rolling Stone. “The goal was to create a totally immersive viewing experience that brings the track to life through the visuals, connecting every little sound with a certain movement.”


The installation consists of an Arduino-controlled ball dispenser, motorized rotating steel plates and LED lights, which required weeks of testing on the part of creative director Daito Manabe. After breaking the song down into various MIDI parts, the movements were made to fit with the shifts in volume, vibrato and cues, resulting in a fascinating end product.

Words don’t fully convey the experience, so make sure you watch the video below:

Timo Maas

Source: Rolling Stone

Images: Timo Maas

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