KarmetiK Machine Orchestra Concert
CalArts, Walt Disney Modular Theater
MUSIC: At California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), in Valencia, California, robotic musical instruments interact with their creators in the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra.
Currently, students and faculty are turning junkyard salvage into musical robots for this concert extravaganza on the CalArts campus—transforming CalArts' Walt Disney Modular Theater into an immersive audio-visual installation.
Combining intriguing high-tech entertainment with practical applications of cutting-edge research, the orchestra brings together one-of-kind robotic instruments with human performers using modified instruments and unique human computer interfaces.
“In contrast to digitally driven music that renders the performance essentially invisible,” noted Wired.com, “the (orchestra) serves as a case study for bringing visual panache to machine music.”
At the concert, musicians performing with robotic instruments on stage and suspended from the ceiling will trigger sound activated lighting and animations. The event will unveil three new instruments, including NotomotoN, a duel-head drum with twelve beaters and a mallet orchestra.
Admission is free.