The Self-Contained Hootenanny is an autonomous mechanical band using 17 instruments built into the cabinet to generate a verifiable rock party. Contained within a handcrafted oak cabinet, the instruments are played by a system of precisely calibrated pneumatics that strum and pluck strings while thumping and tapping drums.
The machine stores 13,000 MIDI, MP3, and Karaoke songs that are selected using a 15-inch touchscreen interface, allowing the operator to choose from 10 music categories, including rock, big band, blues, bluegrass, jazz, children’s songs, and more.
Its rhythm section relies on a bass and snare drum, augmented by 12 auxiliary percussion instruments, including bongos, agogos, woodblocks, tambourine, maracas, cowbell, and a ride, crash, and splash cymbal. Supported by a bass synthesizer that adds plenty of bottom for each tune, a full-size guitar and banjo provide the melody and harmony for classics such as “A Hard Day’s Night” and “99 Red Balloons.”