Glockenspiel And Mallet Robots 7
This university project led by Charles Matthews works on the connection of classic traditional serial composition – in this case gamelan music – and robotic Gamelan instruments. The actuators are driven electronically. Charles also developed a software called “Pipilan” which was written in Max/MSP. With this he controls the gamelan Gongs. From our understanding the software is an intelligent system which lets users interact with the robotic instruments by entering single set of notes. These are than merged into a constant gamela-music like flow.
The Augmented Gamelan project was set up to explore the combination of gamelan and electroacoustic music, with a focus on the way the instruments are traditionally played. The sound of this percussion ensemble from Indonesia is broken down, extended and warped through custom software and speakers placed amongst – and sometimes attached to – the instruments. The repertoire is based on traditional material and may be played in a wide range configurations to adapt to the space and context of performance. Many pieces also use traditional vocals including macapat (Javanese sung poetry).
German musicians Cico Beck und Nico Sierig created their band “Joasihno” around several percussion robots and a robotic 5-tone marimba. They started they career with the well known german noise rock band “Notwist” – their new project locks nicely hacked-together as well and refers to like Four Tet or Steve Reich. Have a look:
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Famouse youtube user and music robot aficionado BD594 did it again – he build an awesome glockenspiel bot. Its remarkable, that he used a systems where one beater is responsible for a set of tones – and not one beater per tone as in similar instruments. This concept has the advantage of beeing much nicer to watch because the instrument has big movements – but the disadvantage that you probably cannot play it live because the latency gets too big.
A robotic version of the thousand-year-old Indonesian Gamelan Instrument by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. 170 solenoids, controlled via Ableton Live, funded by LEMUR Link
“Glockenbot is an electro-mechanical metallophone with timbres similar to a glockenspiel. The bot utilizes 13 CalTron solenoid beater assemblies which were designed at CalArts for this instrument, emphasizing a low-cost approach to fabrication.”
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