earning how to program computers isn’t typically a requirement for music students, but a professor at the California Institute for the Arts says it should be. Thanks to Ajay Kapur of CalArts, music students are learning how to program and build robots.
Kapur offers a class in which students become part of the Karmetic Machine Orchestra, an ongoing project of his. But when this orchestra warms up, it isn’t the typical scene. Instead of telling the musicians to tune to A, Kapur tells them to “tune into the client.” A series of boings, pings and reverberating notes follows, and then the orchestra begins.