I am very happy to announce that the CYNETART decided to give me their Artist-in-Resident stipendium 2014 which enables me to continue my work on robotics and electronic music in the next year! Yeeha! It was is blast! you can Find the jury statement below:
The Artist-in-Residence Grant from the Saxon State Minister for for Higher Education, Research and the Arts 2015 awarded in cooperation with the Office of Cultural and Historic Preservation, City of Dresden: 10,200 EUR
THE FUTURE OF ROBOTS IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC BY MORITZ SIMON GEIST
Moritz Simon Geist’s work definitely needs to have a continuation because of the author’s lucidity, persistence and project’s potential to develop in cutting edge playground for grown-ups. The necessity to contribute the growth of music robotics makes it a perfect example for artist-in-residence in order to get the full potential from the author’s vision and hands-on engineering. Robotics can be used in many areas of our everyday lives, hence Mr. Geist’s body of work already made has a great potential to go further in discovering the possibilities of robotics, mechanics and sound art.
«What does electronic music lack? Robots!», says robotic engineer and media artist Moritz Simon Geist. And yes, he is right! For years humans are imitating robots (Kraftwerk, Daft Punk etc.) – we finally need more robots imitating humans. Geist has already finished one robotic drum set and I think this Artist-in-Residence-Stipendium is a good way to help him develop his planned ensemble of musical robots. I really like that his concept is treating some important questions of the future, like the perception of technology, the robotization of society or the articifial intelligence, but still comes in a very playful and entertaining way: through electronical music. And a great detail as well: Geist is releasing all drawings and files under Creative Commons.
Turning back to physical roots of electronic music, Geist proposes an open source, hack based approach to different levels of music making – the acoustics, performance and production. His robotic ensembles expose the inner workings of electronic music by turning back to the instruments of the 80s, discovering and illustrating the mechanisms behind the well-known electronic music sound diapason. His proposal expresses a long-term dedication and enthusiasm to his ongoing research on musical robots, with the aim of creating a live performance. The excellence of his proposal as well as his body of work has undoubtedly convinced me his Future of Robots in Electronic Music is the winner in this category.
FOTO: ©David Pinzer