The Music Man

Cherie Yu-Chi Kuo, Emily Mottolese, Sonepraseuth Thammasine

Our automaton is the Music Man. He sits under his xylophone and swings his talented arms high to create the perfect melody through his mallets. His body sways to the music as his head bops to the beat. Like many starving musicians, he plays with his entire body in fluid motion with his hat outstretched for spare change.

His head is controlled by one major cam and his arms by cranks. This design makes use of four mechanisms: cam, shaft, linkage, and cranks. The movement of his body was engineered through careful consideration of his stationary lower half with a flexible torso held together through the shaft of his head. All of the mechanisms are clearly seen through the plexi-glass walls and are tightly constructed with a poplar wood base.