Set designer and robot artist Roland Olbeter has created a series of electro-pneumatic sound machines capable of performing entire string quartets. The first commissioned composition for the robotic instruments was Elena Kats-Chernin's Fast Blue Air, which takes advantage of the range of noises created by the pneumatics.
Elena Kats-Chernin's work is fantastic in itself. Her ear for odd sound and animated composition are a perfect match for the film and theater pieces she scores for. Her Wergo CD Unceremonious Processions- 15 short studio pieces is a surreal and moody soundtrack for an imaginary film. Listen to Left-over...a wheezing little dance piece that conjures up images of broken industrial equipment attempting ballet. You can hear more of Kats-Chernin's work on her official MySpace page.