This talk introduces the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, a mixed ensemble of human and robotic performers. A series of twenty robotic musical instruments have been designed and created to perform with an orchestra of contemporary electronic musicians. In the talk, we will describe the design and production of the robotic instruments, details on the visual and sonic aesthetics of the ensemble, technical considerations of the computer network employed in the performance, and information on an assortment of compositions in the current repertoire.
Ajay Kapur is currently the Director of the Music Technology program (MTIID) at the California Institute of the Arts, as well as the Associate Dean for Research and Development in Digital Arts. He received an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in 2007 from University of Victoria combining computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, music and psychology with a focus on intelligent music systems and media technology. Ajay graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University in 2002.