Machine Head

Instrument / Interactive Installation | 2012

Machine Head is an experimental rhythm machine that uses two solenoids to create mechanical grooves. The solenoids and LED lights are controlled by an Arduino program that creates simple and differentiating rhythm sequences. Randomization and tempo parameters can be controlled by a single potentiometer knob. Machine Head has 4 mono jack outputs: “Kickdrum” microphone, 2 x headphone microphones (picking up the electromagnetic interference from the solenoids) and one contact microphone that is placed inside the head (picking up the hits and resonance of the glass).

This work was created during Derek Holzer’s workshop in MediaLab Helsinki in January 2012.





  1. Posted February 7, 2012 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    Great looking photos, Tommi! Thanks for posting this, and looking forward to video. D.

    • Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:12 am | Permalink

      Thanks Derek, video is hopefully online next week :). Cheers from Helsinki!