The Dunning Underwood Mammoth Beat Organ is a modular, mechanical music contraption by Sam Underwood and Graham Dunning. Designed as a two-player, semi-autonomous musical instrument, it plays unusual, sometimes erratic compositions drawing on drone music, minimalist repetition and fairground organ techniques.
We worked with Michael Forrest of Squares.tv to make a series of videos to show the workings of the machine.
How do they make it?! Music goes through a typical day in a music factory, using the Mammoth Beat Organ to create some music.
In this behind the scenes video, me and Sam talk about the process of building the machine, from initial research at the Horniman Museum through to our debut performance at Supersonic Festival.
And that debut performance is now online in full, from back when the working title was “connected devices”
Hope you enjoy watching and please let us know if you have any feedback!