What happens when human musicians, robots and computers get together… awesome and spiritual music combine. The Karmetik Machine Orchestra is a collaboration between international musicians, custom-built robotic musical instruments and engineering students from the Music Technology & Technical Direction programs at the California Institute of the Arts.
The group consists of 6 human musicians, 10 multi-media engineers and three visual artists. They also have 3 robot musicians: MahaDeviBot, GananPatiBot and TAMMY. Their work creates a discussion on redefining the boundaries of music, visual arts, and technology. The wonder of cross collaboration of fields can develop new technologies, inspire creative genius and entertain the human spirit. On their website you can hear their first cd of music and purchase it to support this exploration of artistic expression. You can also follow their progress as they create more artistic robots and pieces of music on their Facebook and websites below the images.
Christmas is the time of sharing love and home with family, friends and sometimes strangers. And sometimes sharing comes in the form of entertainment. Embueing the sense of wonder, the sense of charity, and the sense of love. I’ve always had an interest in animatronics and combining Christmas and animatronics makes for fun. Lou Nasti’s animatronicchristmas sculptures have brought smiles and magic to homes and store windows for years. He is a true man of the Christmas spirit.
THE host is riding from Knocknarea
And over the grave of Clooth-na bare;
Caolte tossing his burning hair
And Niamh calling Away, come away:
Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam,
Our arms are waving, our lips are apart;
And if any gaze on our rushing band,
We come between him and the deed of his hand,
We come between him and the hope of his heart.
The host is rushing ’twixt night and day,
And where is there hope or deed as fair?
Caolte tossing his burning hair,
And Niamh calling Away, come away.
Life imitates art. Art projects or is a representation of life. And life is apart of nature, so it’s not to far of a stretch to have robots, moving sculptures that are imitations life, begin to mimicry nature. I am always on the look out for how objects, inanimate or otherwise give of a life of their own. A placement with in the circle of life. As humans we connect with objects all of the time. So when I found the footage and website of Theo Jansen it was a beautiful example of how the structure of life might possibly evolve from objects.
Theo Jansen is a world renowned physicist and Dutch artist. He is using artificial materials to create walking sculptures which imitate animals that live off of wind/kinetic energy and show a form of evolution in the development of life. These complex sculptures live on their own on beaches that Theo has placed them. Through their design and movement they show their dependability on nature, on renewable resources and teach us of another structure of life through exploring it’s own evolution. Who would think that we would be staring a creatures moving skeleton walking around in our world and say “That’s beautiful or I can relate to that.” Or maybe just maybe it is showing us how to look at the beauty of our own life.