Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
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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Sundberg, K., Barton, S., Walter, A., Sane, T., Baker, L., & O'Brien, A. (2018). A Robotic Percussive Aerophone. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, 409-412. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wpi.edu/humanitiesarts-pubs/1