- Register


  • Country: USA
  • Manufacturer: Georgia Tech
  • Year: 2006
  • Webpage Info

Georgia Tech?s Director of Music Technology, Gil Weinberg and Graduate students Scott Driscoll and Travis Thatcher, created the interactive robot drummer ?Haile? in an effort to bring a natural acoustic feel to the unnaturally cold machine-music world.

Haile the robot can collaborate dynamically with a human drummer and is capable of creating music that has never been played before. It can play differently from the way a human plays because it uses computational power and numerical algorithms to listen, analyze and improvise.

By combining the ability to improvise algorithmically and having different physical limitations than a human, Haile can create a novel kind of human-machine musical interaction, leading to new music. Haile's uniqueness lies in the robot's ability to play acoustically with a vibrant sound while combining the computer capability of utilizing complex algorithms.

Weinberg was inspired to bring robotics and music together because he noticed that computerized music is usually played through speakers. He says that the speakers leave the music flat, meaning that an audience or member of the music ensemble can't feel it's full acoustic richness or get visual cues to play along with it.

Please Login or Register to post a comment