Machines Play Instruments to Create ‘Robot Orchestra’
Two musicians from Germany are using robotic equipment to add sounds to their performances.
The two-man band performs with a robot that can play several musical instruments at the same time. The robot can sound like a guitar, keyboard, drum or other percussion instrument.
When performing, members of the band provide many of the sounds, but others are controlled by a computer. Once connected to wires and set up, instruments such as a xylophone, drum or cymbal can play on their own.
Another instrument was created from a long, self-turning wooden stick that sits on top of a microphone stand. The stick contains long strings. They are tied on each end. The strings are connected to a small wooden ball. As the stick turns, the ball hits a block on the floor, creating a sound.
The two-man band, called Joasihno, recently performed at the South by Southwest Conference and Music Festival in Austin, Texas. They describe their electronic sound as "psychedelic machine" music.
"Actually, we call it a psychedelic robot orchestra," said Cico Beck, one of the creators of the group. "It's a combination of acoustic instruments, but also very trashy robot instruments," he added.
The computer can react to changes to voltage signals, so the robots are controlled by an electrical current, Beck explained.
The group's other member, Nico Siereg, says playing in an experimental band with robots is not the same as playing in a traditional one. "It's a little bit different because you also have in mind that there are machines playing around you, so there's no reaction from them," he said.
But Siereg said that in some ways, the robots actually help him improve his performance. Since the self-playing instruments are programmed, he sometimes feels freer to center on what he is playing, and at times to even improvise.
The musician says he can imagine similar technology having a greater influence on many different kinds of music in the future. "Technology is like a very important tool that even, very often, it's also a very important part of inspiration," he said. But he also expressed hope that "real music won't die."
In addition to performing recently in Texas, Joashihno has been busy putting on shows in Europe and in Canada. The band hopes its high-tech music "experiment" will keep reaching new people and pleasing the ears of its fans.
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另一种乐器由可自行旋转的长木棒制成，放置在麦克风支架顶端。这根木棒含有长弦，弦的两端被固定住 。这些琴弦与一个小木球相连 。当木棒转动时，木球击中地板会发出声音 。
乐队创始人之一的西柯·贝克（Cico Beck）表示，“实际上，我们将其称为摇滚机器人管弦乐队。这是原生乐器的组合，但也有非常蹩脚的机器人乐器 。”
乐队另一位成员尼克·斯雷格（Nico Siereg）表示，与机器人乐队进行实验性演出跟传统乐队不同。“不同之处在于，你深谙身边的演奏者是一群机器，它们不会给你任何回应 。”
这位音乐家表示，他能想象类似技术将来能对多种类型的音乐产生更大的影响。“科技就像一项非常重要的工具，这也是灵感的重要组成部分 。”但他也表示希望“真正的音乐不会消亡” 。