News Robot Rickshaw has a new cd! Featuring live human-robot improvisations with monster drummer Steve Snider. Featured robots include AMI, CARI, MADI, and the vocal robot Stemmetje. Get it now, pay what you want! Feeding of hungry robots is encouraged, as always. Limited numbers of physical copies available at shows and upon request. Robot Rickshaw […]
Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI) is a band of sonic thrill seekers, composers who have turned to the creation of novel robotic musical instruments to achieve their musical vision. Founded in Charlottesville, Virginia by Troy Rogers, Steven Kemper, and Scott Barton in 2007, the multifaceted organization operates as a composers’ collective, performance troupe, instrument design/development […]
MN MADE 2014 centered around two guests: composer Troy Rogers, who lead Musical Robot workshops and presented a concert, and Zeitgeist, who led workshops and presented a concert of early electroacoustic music. MNMade is a festival celebrating, exploring, and disseminating the handmade and hands-on contemporary musical experience. The festival is especially interested in the practice […]
MARIE (Monochord-Aerophone Robotic Instrument Ensemble) is a modular electroacoustic robotic instrument system (MEARIS) created by Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI).
Stemmetje is a singing vocal robot created by composer and musical robot maker Troy Rogers. It was developed at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium with Godfried-Willem Raes in 2009-10, during a residency made possible by a Fulbright Research Fellowship. The vocal robot consists of multiple robotically tunable Helmholtz resonators, the frequency ranges of which […]
Lux Brevis en hommage a Ligeti (2008), for 13 light-activated light-and-sound-emitting spinning tops. Designed and built by Troy Rogers and Ted Coffey, the tops are made from acrylic, steel and electronics. Each houses one of two varieties of amplitude-modulated circuits (“Chirpers” and “Screamers”) whose character is determined by a combination of tunable resistance and light, […]
RAVESpace (Reactive, Acoustically Variable, Expanding Space)(2007) is both an interactive installation/instrument and a small-scale model for a project of architectural proportions. Tasked with creating a prototype for a kinetic, responsive building, a group of several architects and a single musician imagined a concert hall that could expand and contract according to occupancy and its environment. […]
In 2005, I spent a summer working in the University of Oregon’s Cognitive Modeling and Eye Tracking Lab under the direction of Anthony Hornof, exploring music and multimedia performance driven by eye movements sensed in real time using an eye tracker and mapped to various control parameters. The resulting piece, created in collaboration with Anthony […]