Better Drumming Through Calibration: Techniques for Pre-Performance Robotic Percussion Optimization

Murphy, Jim and Kapur, Ajay and Carnegie, Dale

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

A problem with many contemporary musical robotic percussion systems lies in the fact that solenoids fail to respond lin-early to linear increases in input velocity. This nonlinearity forces performers to individually tailor their compositions to specific robotic drummers. To address this problem, we introduce a method of pre-performance calibration using metaheuristic search techniques. A variety of such techniques are introduced and evaluated and the results of the optimized solenoid-based percussion systems are presented and compared with output from non-calibrated systems.