The Robotic Taishogoto: A New Plug ’n Play Desktop Performance Instrument

Long, Jason

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper describes the Robotic Taishogoto, a new robotic musical instrument for performance, musical installations, and educational purposes. The primary goals of its creation is to provide an easy to use, cost effective, compact and integrated acoustic instrument which is fully automated and controllable via standard MIDI commands. This paper describes the technical details of its design and implementation including the mechanics, electronics and firmware. It also outlines various control methodologies and use cases for the instrument.