The Last Gun is a mechano-robotic flute built out of a disabled shotgun and salvaged industrial components. The gun barrels have been transformed into a fully functional double-flute, which is played by compressed air. The mechanics are controlled via the use of open-source electronics using an Arduino microprocessor and the data visualization is accomplished through a Raspberry Pi board.

The programmable robot graphically charts and then musically depicts the rise & fall of annual U.S. arms exports over 5 decades. 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 an upbeat tune for every year the arms exports drop.

This work is the next iteration of the Chifte Kavali ( vimeo.com/45427394 ).

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