Roland Olbeter’s Electro-Pneumatic Instruments

Set designer and robot artist Roland Olbeter has created a series of electro-pneumatic sound machines capable of performing entire string quartets. The first commissioned composition for the robotic instruments was Elena Kats-Chernin‘s Fast Blue Air, which takes advantage of the range of noises created by the pneumatics. via WFMU

Honda’s ASIMO Robot To “Conduct” The Detroit Symphony Orchestra

This is a little off-topic, interesting just the same: Honda’s ASIMO humanoid robot will be “conducting” the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) at a concert performance with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 13. Honda hopes ASIMO’s appearance will draw attention to the DSO’s youth music programs, and particularly DSO’s effort to encourage… Read More Honda’s ASIMO Robot To “Conduct” The Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Forget Synths – Robots To Replace Musicians Now

Just when they figured out that synths weren’t going to kill the demand for traditional musicians, now musicians have to worry about getting replaced by robots. Toyota’s new personal robot is a 152-centimeters (5-foot) tall two-legged robot capable of playing violin. It makes use of its mechanical fingers to push the strings and plays the… Read More Forget Synths – Robots To Replace Musicians Now