The Last Gun is a pneumatically driven robotic flute built out of a disabled shotgun and salvaged industrial components. This sculptural installation combines electronics, robotics, music and weaponry.
The programmable robot graphically charts and then musically depicts the rise & fall of annual arms exports over 5 decades. The mechanics are controlled by an Arduino microprocessor and the data visualization is accomplished through a Raspberry Pi board running a Python script.
The flute’s aural response is based upon a value judgment. It is programmed to play a somber melody for every rise in arms exports and a celebratory, upbeat tune for every year the arms exports drop. Created from instruments of both destruction and harmony, The Last Gun is a commentary on the excesses of the technological age and the exploits of war.
The Last Gun
(Double Barrel Flute 2) is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali
). Inspired by the Native American flute, it is built in a one-octave (C4-C5) chromatic scale. The musical inspiration for this installation comes from the soundtrack of the movie The Last of the Mohicans, set during the time of the historically decisive Seven Years’ War, a global conflict involving all the major European and North American powers of the time. Though it occurred over 300 years ago, the political, economic, social and cultural ramifications of that war continue to affect our world today.
The Last Gun (Double Barrel Flute2) is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali ( vimeo.com/45427394 ).
Inspired by the Native American flute, The Last Gun is built in a one-octave (C4-C5) chromatic scale.