Music robotics – a field rarely covered, where musicians and technicians work on the future of music instruments and the use of robots and art.
Moritz Simon Geist, founder of Sonic Robots, is well known for this mechanical drum robot MR-808, a replica of the famous 1980s electronic drum machine where robots play the drum sounds.
The first part of this talk provides an overview of the different concepts and approaches to robotic musical instruments. We will look at the history of music robots, discover the most amazing projects in this field and charcerize the differnet kinds of robotic devices.
The second part deals with techniques used to create music robots. A overview on our robots is presented as well as the production process.
The following topics will be discussed in detail:
- The introduction of “error” through the transformation of sound production in the (erroneous) physical world
- Explanation of common techniques (Microcontroller programming, Prototyping)
- Controlling latencies
- Structure and electric control, Arduino
- Actuators used
- Duration: 45 – 60min.
- Language: German, English
- Video: Talk at 31C3 Hamburg
- Transmediale 2014
- and many more.
Sonicrobots is dedicated to robotic music instruments but also musical hacks and sound creation in general. Hacking is our form of anti-passiveness, through which we think the individual can have an impact on his or her environment, status and state of mind. Thus we want to spread the word – and we constantly teach ourselves and other people. So far we have given workshops on:
Building Music Robots
What can you do with a lot of motors, solenoids some simple electronics and a lot of electronic waste? Music Robots! In this workshop we build musical devices which are found or dumped – old electronics, pipes, metal things. We build sound art objects of midi controlled instruments depending on the level of the participants. The level is for advances beginners, the duration is minimum 6h to two days. Soldering skills can be taught.
Audience: Childern > 16, Adults private and business.
Duration: 6h – 2d. Group of max 6 people.
The workshop was hold:
Cynetart 2015, Circuit Circle 2014.
What is this 3D-printing about, what can I do with my first prints – and is the Internet now full of printed cats?
3D printing is parised everywhere as the “revolution of production”. In this workshop we look at the technology more in detail: how does a 3D-printer work? What printer can be used at home or office, which materials and objects can we print – and what not? What are future applications and products and how might this affect future strategies and production processes?
Audience: Childern from age 12, Adults, private and business.
Duration: 2h – 6h. Group of max 12 people.