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Raindrop Drum Machine with J.Viewz and Manu Delago

This is one of my few instruments with electronic sound. Its physical machinery is for creating, shaping and harnessing the rhythms of falling rain drops. The concept and music came from J.Viewz. Project sponsorship came from Snapple. And it’s made complete by an amazing walk-on improvisation by Manu Delago. The instrument itself was an equal collaboration between Marina Litvinskaya and me.

The rainmaker overhead looks like it should have a brain in it.

The rainmaker overhead looks like it should have a brain in it.

The Ripple Tank below works beautifully with lights that color the edges of the ripples.

The Prismatic Ripple Tank which catches the raindrops uses colored light to show the edges of the ripples.

Marina testing the Ripple Tank.

The Rainmaker and Prismatic Ripple Tank. So rain sensors or sound yet.


The first of Marina’s complications, which redirect the paths of the falling droplets and change their rhythms.

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