Connected Devices is a mechanical, modular music contraption by Sam Underwood and me. Designed as a two-player, semi-autonomous musical instrument, it plays unusual, sometimes erratic compositions drawing on drone music, minimalist repetition and barrel-organ-monkey techniques. Visually, the machine resembles a sprawling, partially robotic drum-kit, or pared-down, clunky fairground organ.
Throughout the performance, we act as conductors, engineers, organ grinders and musicians, working with and against the machine to complete the assemblage.
Our first performance with the contraption will take place on Saturday 23rd June at Supersonic Festival in Birmingham. You can buy tickets and find out more here.