Ponytrap had a blast at Austin Maker Faire 2018… we hooked up with Tim Deagan and his amazing new project, Boosh Beats – fire drums that shoot 20 foot high flames. We worked out a communication protocol for our computer brain to talk to Tim’s fire machines and the results were spectacular! One of the most fun performances we’ve ever done.
Ponytrap had a fun and successful SXSW 2018. We were an official artist for this year’s event with a showcase at the Hideout Theatre on Friday, March 16. The show was a blast and we hit the streets all week with the machines where we made lots of noise and lots of friends!
We had a total blast at World Maker Faire 2017! We gave a talk about building with Arduino. We saw two Mets games, ate soup dumplings. Ate Paella, got footrubs, ate more dumplings… our drum even won a couple of blue ribbons! And as always, Ponytrap made lots of noise and lots of friends.
We were out in LA earlier this week to perform at the Los Angeles premiere of “Genius,” the new scripted series about Albert Einstein on the National Geographic Channel.
The party featured aerial dancers, the fabulous violinist Rachel Grace, fantastic food and drink, and – of course – robots. In addition to our drumming robots, a robot arm was drawing attendees’ portraits in Einstein’s handwriting.
Here’s a photo of Executive Producer (and director of the pilot episode) Ron Howard getting a good look at Alan Turing and the Mechanical Turk. His face was lit up like a little kid on Christmas morning. Everyone loves the robots!
And here are some photos of Ponytrap performing at the premiere. Chip Keichline from We Are Blood Bays was kind enough to join us for the show. What a night!
We had an absolute blast performing at the NatGeo Genius party at SXSW! Fantastic event for a great show put on by a wonderful crew of people… Chip Keichline of We Are Blood Bays joined us for a second set based on our Promethean Waltz production and simply killed. One of our best shows ever.
Ponytrap was excited to participate in SXSW Create for the second time… we showed off our machines and gave a performance and talk titled Ponytrap Welcomes Our Robot Overlords.
We’re doing our multi-media spectacle, Promethean Waltz, again! Come to the Off Center on Sunday, July 10 for some noise, some robots, and some fantasmic visual art by RecSpec. Featuring narration by Chip Keichline, additional percussion by Davie Murray and Mitch McCarthy, and the music of Ponytrap.
Advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets
Our project featured in the June/July 2016 issue of Make: Magazine.
This year Ponytrap performed twice at Austin’s first full-fledged Maker Faire. We also traveled out to San Francisco to present our drum project at the mother of all maker faires: Bay Area Maker Faire and got a couple of photos featured on TechRadar.