Musicianship for Robots with Style

Gimenes, Marcelo and Miranda, Eduardo and Johnson, Chris

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper we introduce a System conceived to serve as the "musical brain" of autonomous musical robots or agent-based software simulations of robotic systems. Our research goal is to provide robots with the ability to integrate with the musical culture of their surroundings. In a multi-agent configuration, the System can simulate an environment in which autonomous agents interact with each other as well as with external agents (e.g., robots, human beings or other systems). The main outcome of these interactions is the transformation and development of their musical styles as well as the musical style of the environment in which they live.