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Russian folk bot is an electro-acoustic orchestra

Moscow-based artist Dmitry Morozov has created a number of Arduino-powered projects covered by Bits & Pieces over the past year, including a musical tattoo reader and the ‘Signes de vie’ (‘Signs of Life’) installation.

His latest project? The gusli robot, which Morozov describes as a Russian folk bot and portable electro-acoustic orchestra.

Recently featured on the official Arduino blog, the folk bot, which is inspired by the oldest Russian multi-string plucked instrument, is powered by two Atmel-based Arduino Uno boards (ATmega328 MCU).

Additional key specs include:

  • Servo motors x6
  • DC motor x1
  • Stepper motor x1
  • Solenoids x3
  • Spings x8
  • 
Strings x38

“‘Gusli-samogudy’ means self playing gusli,” Morozov explained. “It’s very common charter is old Russian fairy tales – so by making it robotized I made [the] fairy tale come true.”

Interested in learning more? You can check out the project’s official page here.