Tag Results for Orchestra (6)

  1. TePRA: robots play the Ballet Mecanique

    In 1924 George Antheil, a "bad boy" of music, composed a piece of music called the Ballet Mecanique which, due to the complex synchronization between player pianos that it required, Antheil never heard performed as composed during his lifetime. Robotic technology has enabled music technologist Paul Lehrman to complete the Ballet and allow it to be performed as originally written. Lehrman is a professor at Tufts University where he teaches a course called Electronic Musical Instrument Design. It's a combination of music and engineering where students work on projects like musical shoes and MIDI ties. …

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  2. Atsuo Takanishi's 41-DOF robot toots its own flute

    Photo: Takanishi Lab Toyota's Partner plays the violin and trumpet, and Honda's Asimo has even conducted the Detroit Symphony. Atsuo Takanishi wants to build an entire humanoid robot orchestra. Takanishi, a professor of mechanical engineering at Waseda University, in Tokyo, started with a flutist. From John Boyd's "This Robot Toots Its Own Flute" story in Spectrum: Getting the robot to produce a melody turned out to be a monumental task. First, the researchers worked with professional players to create a performance index of what constitutes the best flute sounds. They translated these sounds into mathematical …

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