Audiocassette tapes may be obsolete, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be used for some cool projects. Take Moscow-based media artist ::vtol::’s latest work “pzr-10”, for instance.
pzr-10 is an interactive, Arduino Uno-based robot that roams around a canvas filled with magnetic tape from old cassettes. The robot is equipped with two tape heads that read the data as it makes it way across the floor, forwarding it to over to its loudspeaker via Bluetooth.
Some of the tapes feature audiobooks by Stanislaw Lem, while others carry random records of unknown origin.
For operating pzr-10, ::vtol:: built a remote equipped with an Arduino Nano, a joystick, and a few buttons for manipulating sound. This handheld device can also create and process music loops out of the captured noises.
You can see pzr-10 in action below, as well as read more on the pretty rad project here.