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Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

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18th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression


Percussive aerophones are configurable, modular, scalable, and can be constructed from readily-available materials. They can produce rich timbres, a wide range of pitches and complex polyphony. Their use by humans, famously by the Blue Man Group, inspired us to build an electromechanically-actuated version of the instrument in order to explore the expressive possibilities enabled by machines. The Music, Perception, and Robotics Lab at WPI has iteratively designed, built and composed for a robotic percussive aerophone since 2015, which has both taught lessons in actuation and revealed promising musical capabilities of the instrument.

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