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Pinball Pianola


“makes terrible, beautiful music” - Duncan Geere, wired.


“a certifiably bonkers piece of interactive art with a strong sense of creative freedom and childlike zeal” - Lauren Carroll Harris, Concrete Playground.

A Frankenstein experiment combining the greatest musical invention of all time, the Piano; with the coolest amusement machines ever conceived; Pinball, to create an interactive sound installation like no other; Pinball Pianola, a musical instrument constructed by replacing the hammers and front paneling of an upright piano with a pinball cabinet butted up perpendicular against its exposed strings.

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Embracing high and low culture the game allows virtuosos and wizards alike to pit their skills in a game where musical compositions are created as metallic balls jettisoned into the game clash with the pianos wires as players joggle them about using twenty individual flippers triggered by the pianos keys.

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The traditionally loud pinball experience is created by amplifying the soundboard with contact microphones connected to audio processors like fuzz, ring modulation, envelope filters etc. These are controlled via six pinball targets situated in the playfield turning them on or off when hit. The parameters of the sounds can then be adjusted via a console mounted onto the games cabinet.


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Images and Video taken @ artspace, Sydney May 2012


Devised and Constructed by Lucas Abela
Playfield art and decals by Keg de Souza
Audio Processors Electronic Engineering By Hirofumi Uchino
Supported by the Australia Council of the Arts

Additional development assistance by Danial Stocks