by Scott on 2014/12/14

It Lives!!!!

The Registroid is a mutant vintage cash register that is a playable, interactive electro-house looping machine that made its first appearance at Tedx Victoria in 2014.

The piece started as a National Cash Register from 1941 and was converted it into a midi controller using an Arduino microcontroller. The antennae are sound-responsive leds running through an MSGEQ7 IC, and the sound is mixed through Max/MSP.

This project was made possible with support from TedxVictoria, The Victoria Film Festival and MediaNet. A big shout-out to Vintage Funk Emporium (where we found the beautiful cash register,) and to George Cousins who let us pillage his workshop for parts :)

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National Cash Register modification

by Scott on 2014/12/01

Some pics of the vintage cash register becoming the Registroid.


The Rocktopus

by Scott on 2014/09/19

The Rocktopus is an interactive audio sculpture created for the Rifflandia Festival. It has LED lights and pressure sensors installed that allow users to create percussive sounds by stepping on the legs. Essentially, it’s a giant drum machine.

It was installed over the festival for beta testing, and stress testing and managed to survive being stomped on, jumped on, and played with by hundreds of people over the weekend.

It was designed and built by Josh Pierrot, Juniper English (, David Parfit ( and Scott Amos (


The Amazing Philli-phone

September 18, 2014

Behind the scenes footage of The Amazing Philli-phone auto-playing “Entry of the Gladiators” for the first time. The Amazing Philliphone is an 1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ that was modified to play beer bottles with various actuators, fans, servos and microcontrollers. It was created and built for Phillips Brewing Company by Scott Amos, David Parfit […]

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September 18, 2014

Pentralux is an interactive led painting wall we created using technology developed by Limbic Media. It uses an X-Box Kinect to track users’ motion and translates the movement to colours on an led matrix. Over the last year, it has been installed at the Otherworld Festival, Resonance Festival, G++ Gallery, Rifflandia Music Festival and the […]

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Bubble Organ

September 14, 2013

We just returned from the Bass Coast Festival in Merritt, BC, where the Bubble Organ (aka Bubble Piano) made its first public appearance. The Bubble Organ is an electronic organ that was modified with leds and toy bubbleguns. It lights up, makes sounds and blows bubbles when the keys are pressed. Here is a video […]

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1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ Mod Pt.1

March 27, 2013

Just brought in an 1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ (still working!) to start modifying it into a midi controller for a big project that we’ll be unveiling in late spring. The tones it produces are unreal. And so was the collection of dust inside it. Here are some pics from the disassembly.

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Dr. X’s Most Impressive Organ

March 12, 2013

Our  newest project, which you can check it out this week at the Belfry Theatre during the Spark Festival, is an interactive sense-organ. It is a modified organ that samples sounds, alters them, and maps them to the keys for playback. The keys also trigger  fans to blow alluring scents at the user, light up […]

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MonkeyPaint demo

September 29, 2012

First peek at  a gesturally controlled paint program currently in development. Created with an X-Box Kinect, MaxMSP and AllHands software. Thanks to Limbic Media, who developed the AllHands software.

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Synaesthesiatron @ Rifflandia Music Festival 2012

September 26, 2012

  The Synaesthesiatron v1.0 is an 8′ x 3′ LED screen that users interact with gesturally. The system tracks the hand positions of up to 2 users, and uses that information to light up portions of the LED screen and trigger audio files, allowing users to remix the song “Keep it Round” by LongWalkShortDock. When […]

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