Leonardo Barbadoro is raising funds for Musica Automata - Music for Computer Controlled Robots on Kickstarter! Musica Automata is a project from the Italian composer Leonardo Barbadoro who is writing music for computer controlled robots.
Leonardo Barbadoro, an Italian electronic music producer and electroacoustic music composer from Florence who is also known as Koolmorf Widesen has been in touch to tell us that he has initiated a Kickstarter campaign for Musica Automata, an upcoming album that will include music for robots controlled from a laptop computer. We thought some of you may find this interesting so here’s the story in Leonardo’s own words…
Musica Automata is a name of an upcoming album that will include music for robots controlled from a laptop computer.
These robots are more than 50 acoustic instruments (piano, organs, wind instruments, percussions etc) which are part of the Logos Foundation in Gent (Belgium). They receive digital MIDI messages that contain precise informations for their performance.
Musica Automata is a multi-sensorial experience where the listener can hear and view where the sounds come from; one can observe the robots and find a precise correlation between the movement of the instruments and the sound perceived.
The robot music performance, due to its extreme precision, can often surpass the ability of a human performer and, therefore, introduce completely new expressive possibilities. However next to the precise digital controls, the real performance and acoustic sound of instruments playing in a real acoustic space is preserved. Despite this particular instrumentation in fact, it’s the music that leads the instruments and not the opposite; the emotional impact of the music is still there due to the versatility of the robots, which are not limited to mere artificial reproduction.
It’s a performance that comes from a human idea, however devoid of direct human contact with the instrument. This means that the conceived musical idea, once processed and translated into MIDI language, is executed by robots without losing its artistic value in any way.
Pricing and Availability:
See Kickstarter website