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The Gamelatron, the world's first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra, will be installed inside the Temple at Burning Man. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Art
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The Gamelatron, the world's first and only fully robotic gamelan orchestra, will be installed inside the Temple at Burning Man.

Brooklyn, NY Art
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We invite you to be a part of bringing the soul to this year's Temple at Burning Man.

New Goal, Full Vision: 160 hours

Every dollar contributed from this point on goes towards making this a 160-hour continuous sacred sound installation and to ensure the Gamelatron can survive fully intact the harsh desert climate of Black Rock City. To do this, we need replacement robotic components--specifically, microprocessors that decode midi info and turn it into electric pulsations (the brains), hand-milled robotic striking mechanisms, solenoid electromagnets (the actuators) and steel gong mounts.

Please contribute to help us realize our fullest, grandest vision of a sonic soul for a marvelous temple.

A Rare, Magical, Powerful, Sound Experience

The Gamelatron, a robotic orchestra of antique traditional gongs used in Balinese temple ceremonies, is creating a monumental installation, consisting of at least 57 robotic gongs and cymbals in sculptural encasings embedded along the walls of the inner rings of the central temple. 

I was amazed time and time again at the profound effect The Gamelatron has upon all kinds of people.The sounds instantly fill a space with the feeling of reverence.

--Shrine, Temple creator 2008

Our goal is to support the deep purposes and spirit of the Temple--where eulogies are written and burned, where marriages happen, intentions are set and spirits are renewed--through a rare, magical, powerful, sound experience.  

The Gamelatron achieved a great feat: To accentuate silence through melody. In an environment so wide open and occasionally hostile, it provided a sonic santuary for those in search of relief from crowd, from sun, and on occasion from themselves.

--Travis Puglisi, Art Director Joshua Tree Music Festival

Our compositions will range from solitary soulful gongs and utter silence to orchestral ritual activations that flow far out into the desert. The tones of the gamelan scale ring the cardinal directions of the universe and distinct parts of our bodies. The music is designed since ancient times to heal, protect, waken, transform. We envision an extraordinary desert temple of resonance.  

The "Soul of the Temple" is our most ambitious project to date. 

This is where you come in. Whether you are headed to Black Rock City or not, your support will make you a big part of the Gamelatron's journey and mission. We have seed funding of $2500 towards a full project budget of $10,000. Your contributions go directly to the purchase of the rest of our materials including components integral to weatherizing the robots, building the metal infrastructure of the installation, adding sixteen additional hand forged bronze gongs shipped from Indonesia and to cover transportation costs from Brooklyn to Nevada and back. The Gamelatron weighs over a 1000 pounds with many components. Transporting it is the single greatest expense. Any funds over our kickstarter base goal of $5000 will go towards additonal gongs and robotics. 

For our Benefactors!

We have limited edition audio recordings, Soul of the Temple T-shirts, jumpsuits and special Gamelatron concerts in New York. For those of you really excited about coming on board as major contibutors, I will compose a suite of music that the Gamelatron will play on the playa at sunset dedicated to someone in your life.

Please join us! Thank you from the Gamelatron team!

Taylor Kuffner

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    25 backers Limited (75 left of 100)

    Resonance: Receive a hand screen printed "We are the soul of the temple" flag or patch

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    15 backers Limited (10 left of 25)

    Incantation: "We are the Soul of the Temple" hand printed cotton T-shirts with Gamelatron icon. Black or Red ink on white or black cotton shirts available in S, M, L, XL.

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    7 backers Limited (18 left of 25)

    The Hive: Limited Edition "In the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD, featuring the cover art of Deb Yoon custom screen printed on a recycled cardboard sleeve.

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    The Collector Special: Receive a "We are the Soul of the Temple" T-Shirt PLUS the Limited Edition "In the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD

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    The Brooklyn Soul Special: You and a guest are invited to an intimate VIP donor concert at one of the sexiest lofts in Brooklyn August 11, 2011. (Plus, you and your guest receive the "In the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD.)

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    14 backers Limited (3 left of 17)

    One word says it all: Jumpsuit: A hand screen printed red Gamelatron jumpsuit AND Limited Edition "In the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD.

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    The Temple Song: Taylor Kuffner will compose a song 7 minutes in length that the Gamelatron will play on the playa dedicated to someone in your life. A picture of them or text next to their name will be displayed. If you can't be there, we will document this offering for you. (Plus the "In the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD.)

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    The Temple Suite: Taylor Kuffner will arrange an entire suite of music (45 minutes) that the Gamelatron will play on the playa at sunset dedicated to someone in your life. A picture of them or text of their name will be displayed. If you can't be there, we will document this offering for you. (Plus the "in the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD.)

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    The HOST: The Gamelatron will perform a private concert for you and 30 friends including complimentary champagne for all in a beautiful loft in Brooklyn--to be scheduled some time in the next 12 months. Plus everyone receives the "In the Hivemind" Gamelatron CD.

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