Press Kit: Troy Rogers | semi-nomadic robot herder | composer | musical robot maker
Broadcast and Podcast Segments
Musical Robots Take The Stage For Harmony, Not Domination -National Public Radio’s All Things Considered September 14, 2013 Story by Priska Neely
“On the altar of a former cathedral in Duluth, Minn., an ensemble of musicians begins to play. Their notes are piercing and sometimes dissonant. It’s not your typical cathedral music—but then again, these aren’t your typical musicians. They’re robots. None of them look like robots, though. They look more like futuristic instruments. Troy Rogers is their creator, and he introduces them one by one.”
–The Really Big Questions Podcast #12 — I, Musician
July 1, 2014
Northland’s News Center: Duluth Homegrown 2014 Artist Profile
by Dan Greenwood for KFAI, Minnesota
Articles, Blogs, etc.
Robotic Ensemble MARIE Will Jam With Humans (If the Money’s Right)
WIRED Magazine Blog
By Hugh Hart 12.29.10 | 5:29 pm
EMMI + EAR Duo Residency with robotic musical instruments at STEIM by Michael Straus for STEIM blog.
Composing Music for Robots
by Melissa Maki
Hometown Focus, 2/18/2010
Troy Rogers: Music
Troy Rogers is a composer and instrument builder who firmly believes that if all goes extremely well, there is a nonzero chance for humanity to ultimately leave some skewed semblance of a lasting musical legacy for the robotic remnants of other failed planets. As a musical robot maker, he co-founded Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), a group of composers dedicated to exploring and expanding the potential of robotic musical instruments. As a Fulbright scholar, he spent time at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium working with Godfried-Willem Raes and what is perhaps the world’s largest robot orchestra, where he developed a singing vocal robot, Stemmetje. Living the life of an early 21st century semi-nomadic robot herder, he resides in Duluth, MN when not touring the country in the RoboRig, a mobile platform for the development and dissemination of music for robots. He performs on streets and stages alike as Robot Rickshaw, an act that earned an Editors Choice Award at the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire. Recognized with a Minnesota Emerging Composer Award by the American Composers Forum, he is currently at work on a new set of live music for his robot band, slated to be recorded by acclaimed Chicago producer Steve Albini later this year. Rogers is also a committed independent educator, regularly presenting lectures and offering Making Music with Robots and STEAM education workshops at universities, galleries, community art centers, makerspaces, and schools throughout the US.
Check out a few recordings below:
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Expressive Machines’ robotic musical instruments AMI, CARI, and TAPI perform at Let There Be Light Festival, Charlottesville VA, Dec. 2012
Stemmetje: a singing vocal robot created by Troy Rogers
A video posted by a fan documenting an Expressive Machines performance at the Wormhole in Savannah, GA, Dec. 4, 2011.
A human + robot improvisation performance featuring the EAR Duo and EMMI’s MARIE at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium.
Troy Rogers at MN Made Festival
Presentation, Robotic Musical Instrument Workshop, and Performance
St. Cloud State University, MN
Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2014
Study No. 3 for PAM and MADI, composed with Expressive Machines, Live at NIME 2009
A video created at the University of Virginia in the early days of EMMI, not long after the creation of our first robotic instrument PAM (Poly-tangent Automatic (multi-)Monochord). Looking back on this now, it’s interesting to note which of our predictions have since come to fruition.