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
    Event15th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics 2010 - Oita, Japan
    Duration: 4 Feb 20106 Feb 2010
    Conference number: 15


    Conference15th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics 2010


    • Playware
    • Music
    • Behavior based robotics
    • Modular robotics


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