Integrating HyperInstruments , Musical Robots & Machine Musicianship for North Indian Classical Music

Kapur, Ajay and Singer, Eric and Benning, Manjinder S. and Tzanetakis, George and Trimpin, Trimpin

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper describes a system enabling a human to perform music with a robot in real-time, in the context of North Indian classical music. We modify a traditional acoustic sitar into a hyperinstrument in order to capture performance gestures for musical analysis. A custom built four-armed robotic Indian drummer was built using a microchip, solenoids, aluminum and folk frame drums. Algorithms written towards "intelligent" machine musicianship are described. The final goal of this research is to have a robotic drummer accompany a professional human sitar player live in performance.