Symbiotic Robotic/Human Ensemble

KarmetiK Collective & Abhinaya Dance Company
Commissioned by ZER01 for the 2010 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation

KarmetiK Collective and Abhinaya Dance Company are collaborating on a musical performance where musicians, dancers, and robots perform side by side. This performance follows in the traditions of ancient India, when the arts of dance, drama, and music were fused. Kapur and Bahn are creating a new composition for this performance that will be accompanied by a dance performed and choreographed by the Abhinaya Dance Company.

 
 
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Kapur and Bahn bring together Indian Classical music with robotics, artificial intelligence, sonic mosaics and electronica. The performance will showcase KarmetiK’s musical robots, featuring the “MahadeviBot,” and the “GanapatiBot,” percussive instruments based on robotic drumming techniques. They strike a variety of different instruments including frame drums, bells, finger cymbals, wood blocks, and gongs.

Through performance analysis, a variety of sensing techniques and algorithmic processes, the musical robots interact seamlessly with performances by KarmetiK Collective musicians playing computer-extended musical instruments derived from the Sitar and the Dilruba – a small bowed string instrument like an Indian ‘cello.