Moritz Simon Geist
Moritz Simon Geist aka Sonic Robots is a performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer. He started this project because he wants to invent the future of electronic music – with robots! Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations. His robotic instruments and performances have been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions throughout the last years. He collaborates with performers such as Mouse on Mars and Robert Lippok and teaches on the progression of technology and society at the NYU Berlin. He was awarded the Artist-In-Residence-Stipend for the Free State of Saxony, the Visual Music Award 2017 and a working grant of the Initiative Music 2017/18. His background is both as a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3D-Printing.
“His concept is treating some important questions of the future, like the perception of technology, the robotization of society or the artificial intelligence, but still comes in a very playful and entertaining way: through electronical music.” (Alain Bieber)
“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.“ (Neja Tomšič)
Video artists & programming
Karsten Gebbert is a media artist turned computer scientist primarily focused on video programming, sound synthesis, and functional programming. At Sonic Robots he focuses on video programming and on-stage visual effects.
Karsten earned his degree in Fine Art from the Middelsex University London in 2007, and went on to teaching electronics at Central Saint-Martins, London. Besides Sonic Robots Karsten works with artists such as Loop.ph (London) or Smadar Dreyfus.
Jakob A. Geist
Sound artist and PR
Jakob A. Geist has a background in classical singing, african percussion and piano as well as music and video production. He is a vocalist in various projects and performed at music festivals and numerous venues all over Europe, partly with a scholarship from the Volkswagen Soundfoundation. In recent years, Jakob focused on contemporarty electronic music. He played at several clubs and festivals such as the Berlinale 2015/16, Fusion Festival 2014, CTM2013 and hosts regular DJ nights with a fusion of live musicians and contemporary electronic music.
At SONIC ROBOTS Jakob creates live visuals effects and live acoustic modulation. Jakob is responsible for PR and Arts Collaborations as well as the visual productions, which links to his interest in innovation and digital transformation.
Mechanics, electronics & design
Carl has a background in design and photography, with a focus materials and objects. “As a child I started crafting and building small ideas and different kinds of things in the garage of my father. That’s where my fascination for materials and smart solutions comes from. When I turned 14 I started focussing on photography which has become more than a hobby over the years. In 2015 I got accepted for the product design program at HTW Dresden where I currently study.” Link
Selected Grands and Awards
- Working Grant Projektförderung der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
- Working Grant 37. Round of the Initiative Music, German Arts Funding 2017
- Visual Music Award First price in the Category “Visual Music Live Contest” 2017
- Working Grant Working Grant of the City of Dresden (Amt für Kulturförderung) 2016/2017 for the piece “Soft Manipulator”
- Artist in Residency Grant Artist-in-Residence-Stipend of the Freestate of Saxony 2013
Selected Presentations and Publications
- Exhibition and Performance e.g. Mutek Barcelona 2017, Ars Electronica, Mapping Festival (CH), NCCA Moscow (RU), Transmediale (DE) Rocolective Festival (RO), Amsterdam Dance Event (NL), WWW Tokio (JP), Jerusalem Light festival, Co-Pop Cologne (DE) and many more
- Talk “The Speculative Future of Art, Music and Technologie” Talk at Most Wanted: Music Conference
- Talk “Marvin und der Blues” Music robots talk and Workshop at the Re:publica Berlin, 29C3 Congress Hamburg, Dorkbot Berlin, Ableton Meeting, Reeperbahnfestival
- Talk “Schlaflos im Weltall“ Talk about coffein and hacker drinks Republica, 2012
- Card game “Hackerbrause Quartett” Publish of the card game “Hackerbrause Quartett”
Selected Audio Publications
Contribution to Robert Lippok , “What is Dance?” (Installation)
Contribution to Mouse On Mars, “Lichter” (Infinite Greyscale)
As Pjetro Moki, “Endoskopia” (neureal004)
As Simon Geist, “Simon Geist” (neureal003)
As Pjetro Moki, “Neurogenica” (neureal001)
Partners, Friends and Clients
We couldn’t exist without our beloved friends and partners, namely: