“Tripods One” is a futuristic robotic sound sculpture turned music robot. It sketches a possible future of human-machine interaction – with robots and electronic music.
The kinetic sculpture is played live as a music instrument in an AV-performance. Small mechanics and physical tone-generators insides the sculpture produce the noises used in the musical context. The sculpture envisions a futuristic sound device which plays contemporary electronic music through music robots. In the performance the artist is still present on stage controlling and interacting with the machine.
The installation was build in a broad design process with several design and functional prototypes and the extensive use of rapid prototyping technologies like 3D printing, CNC milling and laser cutting. The installation is the continuation of former music robots by Moritz Simon Geist like the „MR-808 Drum Robot“ or the „Glitch Robot“ series. Tridods One is the first of a series of three installations which will be published over the next year.
Special thanks go to The Constitute and Mouse On Mars for design and sound advice.
Moritz Simon Geist and his artists collective “Sonic Robots”. His projects range from electronic music performances to robotic sound installations. The robotic installations and performances have so far been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions including Ars Electronica, Club Transmediale, Mapping Festival, Ruhrtriennale . He has collaborated with performers such as Mouse On Mars, Tyondai Braxton and the Musikfabrik Köln. He holds talks on the progression of robotics and society. In 2015, he was awarded the Artist-In-Residence-Stipend for the Free State of Saxony. His background is both as a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an advanced expertise in 3-D 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)