A Ball Of Drums

The first robotic two-armed drummer playing one side of the drums

Gyro Drums is the seventh animation on Animusic 2 and the spiritual successor to Drum Machine, featuring entirely percussion instruments.


There are three robotic drummer players in this animation. The first one is inside a spherical cage of percussion instruments with limited movement along a straight pole. The other two "satellite" players move around the outside of the drum kit along two large circular tracks.


Instruments in the order they're presented:


  • At one point, right before the synth section, one of the satellite drummers seems to be hitting the bar of one of the ring structures instead of an actual drum.
  • Right before the synth section, the central player's drum kit rotates upside down as the buzz synthesizer drums rotate into playing position and the timbales rotate out of the way. After the synth section, the instruments return to their original positions.
  • In the commentary Wayne Lytle remarks that this was the most complicated instrument set to program on Animusic 2.
  • The CD version leaves out the intro with the drummer testing out the drums before playing.
  • The gongs in this animation all appear to be tuned to the same pitch.

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