RoboMusic with modular playware

Kasper Falkenberg, Niels Kristian Bærendsen, Jacob Nielsen, Carsten Jessen, Henrik Hautop Lund

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Based on the concepts of RoboMusic and modular playware, we developed a system composed of modular playware devices which allow any user to perform music in a simple, interactive manner. The key features exploited in the modular playware approach are modularity, fl exibility, construction, immediate feedback to stimulate engagement, creative exploration of play activities, and in some cases activity design by end-users (e.g., DJs). We exemplify the approach with the development of 11 rock genres and 6 pop music pieces for modular I-BLOCKS, which are exhibited and in daily use at the Rock Me exhibition, and have been used at several international music events in Japan and the USA. A key fi nding is that professional music design is essential for the development of primitives in a musical behavior-based system, and this professional esthetics is necessary to engage the users in the activity of assembling and coordinating these “professional” musical primitives. This article describes, explores, and discusses this concept.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArtificial Life and Robotics
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)369
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event15. International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics - Oita, Japan
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …
Conference number: 15


Conference15. International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics
CityOita, Japan
Period01/01/2010 → …


  • Playware
  • Music
  • Behavior based robotics
  • Modular robotics

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