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an ensemble of mini robot musicians for New Town Arts' Hugely Tiny Festival inspired by the BEAM robot community and Ralf Schreiber. By laying bare the electrical components hidden in most electronic devices and using their function as a jumping off point for form, Phontonsemble makes us aware of our own human form as function. Taking another cue from nature, these autonomous sound makers are powered by the sun. The slow progress of the sun across the sky and the rapid shifts of clouds and tree branches blown by the wind filters light onto the ensemble creating subtly shifting patterns of repeating loops of insect like melodies and rhythms. You can see a longer video of the bots here on YouTube. And here are some more sounds recorded out doors: