Tuesday, April 03, 2007


The word ‘Robots’ conjure up image of stiff human-like machines which carry out tasks according to pre-programmed specifications. Generally, it is quite hard to associate robots with something creative such as music. However, popular remix musician Martin Ottesen also known as Funkstar Deluxe came together with Professor Henrik Hautop Lund to create a new album titled ‘No Man’s Planet’ based on a revolutionizing genre of music that is created using a collaboration of musical instruments developed by robotics. These interactive musical instruments can measure touch and rolling pins that measure rotational acceleration and pressure to create variations in resonance, cut-off, volume and pan of musical tracks in the musical composition. The inauguration concert of the album ‘No Man’s Planet’ took place as an interactive RoboMusic concert during the Robots at Play Festival on 15th September 2006 in Odense, Denmark. The most pioneering aspect of this new musical genre is that it makes live concerts interactive for the audience. The audience can be actively engaged in the performance of the music of the concert by interacting with the musical instruments. The robotic instruments have a baseline musical behavior, which is changed upon interaction with the instrument. Interaction with the robotic instruments guides the robotic behavior and thereby creates unique live concert performances that change from concert to concert depending on the preferences and behavior of the audience. For the audience, the concert form has changed from passive listening to active participation in playing the concert. Each RoboMusic concert becomes a unique live performance! Enjoy RoboMusic here
--> http://www.e-robot.dk/robomusic/Teaser.mp3 Reference : http://www.e-robot.dk/robomusic.html Posted by : Jaseema Banu - U036882L


Assistive said...

It is rather interesting to link music with something as repetitive and 'cold' as robot.Besides solving problems for humans, entertainment like pop music is an area robot makers can explore. This is a rather lucrative idea and i believe there is a market for it. and Can this be a form of revolutionising music or robots?

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dars.explore said...

Htun Lin Oo U059294W

Being a digital music enthusiast who compose pieces using Ableton Live, I am aware of the potential of blending robots together with music. a good many genres of electronic music have a very crucial component of repetitiveness in them. For example, trance music, house music etc. are all simply built on two or three melody lines and motifs, and all the so-called electronic instruments are sequenced to play them. I am quite confident that once someone comes up with a few main melody loops, you can just feed in some variables into a robot and make it create a complete track for you. It might not sound as creative as when an electronic music artist goes to work but I believe such robots will be able to produce pretty decent results.

dars.edutainment said...

Jaseema Banu U036882L
Hi vivian,
regarding your question on whether this is a revolutionising music or robots? This is a new genre of music created by robots...

dars.edutainment said...

Jaseema Banu U036882L
Hi Htun Lin Oo!
you are very true talking about using a few main melody loops to add on variables to compose a complete track.
in this context, the baseline behaviour of the robotics intruments as well as the behavioural response to human interactions are defined. when there is no human intervention, the instrument performs in an autonomous manner according to the baseline specifications. once human interferes, the instruments create music in accordance to the pre-programmed response.