This Arduino controlled Robot Orchestra was built by the students of Reddam House School in Johannesburg, under the auspices of hackers from Bushveld Labs and shown off at Maker Faire Africa last week.

Everything is hand made, right down to the solenoids which use bolts and drinking straws for lubrication, and controlled from a customised input board which you can see towards the end of the vid. The guys from Bushveld describe Reddam as their prototyping place where they try out new ideas and experiment, all in the name of teaching kids about technology.

Apologies for the poor sound quality – the on camera mic couldn’t pick up all the instruments playing at once. We thought it was worth sharing all the same…

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.