Troy Rogers (aka Robot Rickshaw) performs with his band of robotic musical instruments at Beaner's Central in Duluth, MN.

Robot Band

August 28, 2015

Robot Rickshaw: a cart full of robotic musical instruments piloted by a lunatic in a hazmat suit+teddy bear

Robot Rickshaw

November 17, 2014

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) creates robotic musical instruments, compositions, performances, and tools for the creation of musical robots.

Expressive Machines (EMMI)

November 8, 2014

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

November 5, 2014

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 […]

A collaboration between composer and musical robot maker Troy Rogers and dancer-choreography Katie Schetlick performed at PVCC's Let There Be Light 2013. An audience-interactive performance featuring musical robot ensemble, dancer, and illumination.

Neocybernetic Carols

November 4, 2014

Neocybernetic Carols for dancer and musical robots (2013) – Troy Rogers and Katie Schetlick Dancer/choreographer Katie Schetlick and composer/instrument builder Troy Rogers imagine a distant future in which a duo of early machine music and dance specialists strive to faithfully reenact a then-ancient ritual centered around the performance of carols celebrating a culturally significant holiday […]

Troy Rogers performs behind the illuminated pink columns of the robotic musical instruments AMI and CARI, which form Expressive Machines Musical Instruments' (EMMI) MARIE, with Dana Jessen of the EAR Duo at the Southern in Charlottesville, VA

human+robot improvisation

November 4, 2014

Beginning in 2010, while in residence as a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium, I began working on a set of algorithms to facilitate live improvisations between robotic musical instruments and human performers. Some of the first of these human and robot improvisation performances, and a bulk of those that followed, […]

Anthony Hornof performs EyeMusic, a musical and multimedia work composed by Troy Rogers with Hornof and Tim Halverson, in which eye movements are sensed with the aid of an eye tracker and mapped to audio and visual control parameters. Photo credit: Anthony Hornof


February 25, 2014

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 […]

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