I have dedicated my whole artistic life developing music robots for nearly 10 years now, and I sometimes also talk about it. A few weeks ago, Julian Adenauer and Jasmin Grimm invited me for a talk at the arts lab / hub.berlin, and here is a recording of my talk. In this 1 hour session, I give an overview of my working process, my favorite other music robots projects, technical details and I also show some videos!
In this interview for the shape organization I talk robots music and letting 3D printers work for your while your’re drunk. Yay!
Where does your interest in engineering come from? Lot of musicians are programmers and coders, but I don’t know many musicians who are engineers.
MSG: One part of my family consists of teachers and musicians, and the other is more technical, so I think it’s embedded in the genes. My grandmother gave me a present, a little box with electronic circuits in it, when I was seven. In my family, nobody knew what to do with it, so I just made my first experiments with it alone in my parent’s cellar. I started to take radios apart, just to see how it works, the usual stuff you do as a child when you’re curious. It’s a lot about playing around in the sense that you don’t have something concrete that you aim for. It’s action without a specific goal. There’s no ‘I have to record a CD’ or ‘I have to get this paper to be published in a big magazine’. This playful aspect is important for a lot of artists, me included, and should be also for other people.
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I had just been interviewed by brian for his new & awesome blog Eutechnik, and we talk about Aphex Twin, Mouse On Mars and whats comming up in the robotic music scene. Whooop!
In January of this year, we were treated with the release of Aphex Twin’s Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 which prompted me to write a short exploration of other artists who have made great use of machines to control acoustic instruments. One of the first musicians that came to mind was Moritz Simon Geist, creator of robotic glitch machines and the beautiful MR-808. The best follow-up to that article was to get in touch with Moritz himself and to ask a few questions about his impression of the featured works from that post, his collaborations with Tyondai Braxton and Mouse on Mars and to find out what future projects he has underway.
Your work was featured here in the post about Computer Controlled Instruments, what do you think about that release?
Aphex is one of my first and most beloved electronic music artists, so I was really licking my fingers for him making a record where he played musical robots – a subject I am working on for 6-8 years now! On the other hand I have been watching Godfried-Willem Raes (of the Belgian Logos Foundation) building robots for many many years now. I love them for the brutal open-sourcing of their whole creative process and always fascinated by their brutal nudity which appears in every video again. Robot-hippies!
The combination of these two seemed very exciting. After the publication, I see Computer Controlled Instruments more as an ‘everything-must-go’ sale of some AFX projects that had been laying around for years, and I was a little disappointed. He made no video – a must-have for robotic projects! […]
Tape.tv and Ray Ban (yes – sun glasses!) recently made a bright documentation about the moritz and the MR-808 for their Envision series. You gain insight in to the workshop and see a part of a concert with Science Fiction Children at the Eliopamanoke in Leipzig. Shiny!