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Robots strike up the band

I seem to be posting a lot of articles about robots lately. Hmmm, I wonder if it’s just because people in general are more interested in robots, or if it’s  just me…

Ripped from the electronic pages of Scientific American and

League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) is a Brooklyn-based group of artists and technologists who create robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology. LEMUR’s philosophy is to build robots that are new types of musical instruments, as opposed to animatronic robots that play existing instruments.

LEMUR’s growing ensemble includes over 50 robotic instruments, including Guitarbot, Modbots, The Ill-Tempered Clangier which plays 44 tuned tubes (better than 99 red balloons), Forestbot, and Tibetbot. 

Michael Hearst, founder of the music group One Ring Zero, has enlisted the help of some robotic colleagues for his second solo project, Songs for Unusual Creatures. The LemurBots are all designed with a MIDI interface so they can be used with standard music composition programs.

Check out the video/audio page featuring the Lemurbots.

Michael Hearst and Guitarbot
Michael Hearst and Guitarbot


Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.