Ponytrap rocks the Los Angeles premiere of the new National Geographic scripted series, “Genius”

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.

Welcome to the party!

 

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.

Robot arm drawing portraits in Einstein’s handwriting

 

So much candy!

 

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!

Ron Howard takes a closer look at Alan and the Turk

 

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!

Ponytrap performing at the Genius premiere

 

Quentin performing at the Genius premiere

 

Ponytrap performing at the Genius premiere

 

Quentin and Hilary performing at the Genius premiere

 

Quentin and Chip performing at the Genius premiere

 

Ponytrap performing at the Genius premiere

 

Ponytrap at the LA premiere of Genius

National Geographic Genius Party at SXSW

Quentin and the machines from Ponytrap performing for the NatGeo Genius party at SXSW. Photo by Mitch McCarthy

Hilary looking amazing performing for the NatGeo Genius party at SXSW. Photo by Mitch McCarthy

All set up and ready to rock the house at the NatGeo Genius party for SXSW

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.

Promethean Waltz Redux

Amazing poster for our show by RecSpec.co

Amazing poster for our show by RecSpec.co

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

Maker Faires 2016

Maker Faire Austin 2016

Maker Faire Austin 2016

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.

Promethean Waltz

Photo by Mitch McCarthy

Photo by Mitch McCarthy

In 2016, we wrote a multi-media performance called Promethean Waltz. The show features visuals by RecSpec, human and robot drums, narration by Chip Keichline, and Ponytrap’s music. The first performance in January at Austin’s Stateside Theater was produced by the fine folks at VoyagerFest. We’re filming a second production July 10 at the Off Center.

Ponytrap Builds a ‘Bot for Make Magazine

The finished MakeZine robot

The finished MakeZine robot

More good stuff for 2015, the Ponytrap Year of the Robot: Make Magazine found us through Austin’s Mini Maker Faire and asked us to create a make-your-own-drummer project. It was challenging to come up with a design that represented our machines, functioned nicely and was simple enough to build as a DIY project, but we think it came out pretty strong! MakeZine.com published the article today and we’ve gotten some great response – go have a look for yourself, and build you a drummer!