Robot Music: Live In New York

So you want that big sound of many people making music at the same time but just don't have enough friends who bang drums?  Just invite some robots over and start jamming.

If you need some tips from the robo-masters, Mike Hearst. (featured below) is going to be performing LIVE at Here (145 6th Ave. NY, NY (between Spring & Broome, enter on Dominick) in NYC next weekend. For Tickets & Information: www.here.org or call 212-352-3101 

Songs about ice cream trucks and unusual animals being played on funny instruments (tuba, theramin, stylophone, claviola) and accompanied by a batallion of self-playing musical instruments, ie: musical robots. It's a very happy experience.

For this event Michael Hearst will perform a selection of new compositions inspired by some of the lesser known animals that roam the planet. From the Australian Bilby, to the deep-sea Magnopinna Squid, the songs will be brought to life by Michael Hearst (One Ring Zero / Songs For Ice Cream Trucks) on theremin and claviola, Ron Caswell (Slavic Soul Party) on Tuba, Ben Holmes (One Ring Zero) trumpet and flugelhorn, and Allyssa Lamb (Las Rubias Del Norte) on keyboard, plus a gaggle of musical instrument robots provided by LEMUR.

Evolution Of Technology

True, true this is another commercial.  We have a complicated relationship with commercials in The Bowl.  

What else is given the budget to make something like this other than something they think can sell sell sell?  And you need a big 'ol budget to create robots like these.  So we just grin and bear it, and think it is kind of swell that we get 48 seconds of robos for free.  Plus we get a little foreign language lesson on top of it.

Robo Roundup: Flying Jellyfish

We couldn't contain this one.  We wanted to do a proper roundup (with at least three or more robos), but these were just too cool to stay in The Bowl.  

H2Y had sniffed out that the spineless ones had become a new pet craze, and we must admit we found the phenomenon slightly phishy, but if we could get our paws on these, we'd want a brood.  
Make sure you watch their evolution out of the water and into the air:

Our Favorite Pumpkin 2008

Jack O Laterns have hit some new highs this year.  We found many good websites specializing in carving.  Extreme Pumpkins is one of our faves.  Here in NYC we discovered that Abdington Square park last night became a gallery of pumpkin art, all lit up to attract the witches.

Yet The Bowl knows what The Bowl likes, and this year's grand prize winner is Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories' Dalek-o-latern.

It's a robot no less. Click on the link above to build your own.