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.
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.
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!
We had an amazing time performing at the Rusty Mule for VoyagerFest 2015! The robots were thunderous and we debuted a couple of new tunes. We also heard plenty of great music including the fantastic Obnosticon. Daniel James produced a killer event and we look forward to participating in 2016 as well!
Holy Cats! Al Jourgensen and Ministry shared our video Fix No. One on their Facebook page! We went to see Ministry Sunday, June 7 at the Mowhawk and had our faces melted and our brains crushed. Psalm 69 was a huge musical influence on Quentin & this was a great show and a great day.
SXSW 2015 was super fun – we paraded the robots all over town & got interviewed by MTV, GeeksLife, The Daily Texan, and House of Vans plus we played a great show at the Dive Bar – we had a blast and made lots of new friends! Go check out We Are Blood Bays – definitely one of our new favorite Austin bands.
Here’s the full text of the article:
Four years ago, Austin music teacher Quentin Thomas-Oliver went looking for a drummer willing to play the type of music he wanted. When he couldn’t find one, he built one. Read more
NPR Music featured us during their Tiny Desk Concert Contest!