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Faculty Ajay Kapur and technology collaborators featured in Princeton Alumni Weekly

January 16, 2013
Princeton Alumni Weekly

Musical machines
Are we ready for orchestras composed of computers and robots?

By Mark F. Bernstein ’83

Someone in Vietnam with the screen name “yipiehk” is ­picking out “Amazing Grace” with the Ocarina 2 app on a mobile-device-turned-musical-instrument, and so am I. It’s easy; just blow into the microphone and finger four “keys” on the screen (lights guide your fingers), like a digital flute. We’re both terrible, to be honest, but in addition to making music, the app shows me yipiehk’s location on a globe; I click a button marked “Love” to send him or her some encouragement

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