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…
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.