Connected Devices is a mechanical, modular 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 barrel-organ-monkey techniques. Visually, the machine resembles a sprawling, partially robotic drum-kit, or pared-down, clunky fairground organ. Throughout the performance, Dunning and Underwood act as conductors, engineers, organ grinders and musicians, working with and against the machine to complete the assemblage.
Debut performance of the system at Supersonic Festival 2018 in Birmingham.
A blog documenting the process of building the machine is here: https://devicesconnected.tumblr.com