The Crank Ensemble is a San Francisco-based performance group whose musicians create rhythmic and repetitive patterns by using handmade crank-operated machines. The instruments are constructed by artist Larnie Fox; each has a mounted piezo (contact microphone) to amplify its sound. The ensemble of cranks creates layers of sound, resulting in a range of a sparse new-music style "plinking" to melodic loopiness and hardcore noise.
More at crankensemble.com
This is the first of three video recordings from the Maker Faire in 2007
The video is courtesy of Maker Faire. A big thanks to Sherry Huss and Dale Dougherty for making this possible.
The next Maker Faire is May 3rd, and 4th 2008 in San Mateo. The band will be performing on the 4th.
The Crank Ensemble has performed at numerous local spaces/events such as the Luggage Store, the LAB, the Hemlock Tavern, 12 Galaxies, at 21 Grand as part of the Edgetone Music Summit, Godwaffle Noise Pancakes, the Maker Faire, and at New Music Bay Area’s "Garden of Memory" columbarium walk-through event at Chapel of the Chimes.