After The LEGO Movie demolished the box office, it was clear that our favorite childhood building blocks were ready for pop culture resurgence. With his invention, Maker Giuseppe Acito has faithfully rebuilt Depeche Mode with the tiny figures.
Covering “Everything Counts,” the Italian sound artist has revived the anthemic 1983 single and rearranged the original tune for his fully LEGO-based, ATmega328 powered band entitled “Toa Mata” (an off-shoot of the LEGO Bionicle brand). Using an automated build and a series of repurposed food packaging instruments, Acito’s band has the full capability to rock out to some ’80s classics.
“The robots are playing some unconventional drum percussions made by some food packaging are captured by a contact microphone (piezo) and processed in real time in the DAW Ableton Live,” the Maker explains. With the accompaniment of an Atmel based Arduino Uno, Acito has created a brand-new device which for the first time is “a moving platform on x-axis, made of LEGO bricks, gears and servo motors.”
What is the next step for the band? Perhaps “Tainted Love?”
As the Maker Movement continues to generate momentum, it’s always exciting to see what creative ideas DIYers will devise next — whether that’s a band comprised of LEGO or even old electronic components.