||Fine Arts. The Music Department at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) today announced that they are sponsoring a series of musical robotics workshops and concerts, to be held from Thursday February 27th through Saturday March 1st at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of SCSU.
For a small fee of $100, participants of all ages can build a fully working instrument that they will use in a performance scheduled for Saturday evening March 1st, and which they can take home with them once they’ve completed the workshop. Participants will work with acclaimed composer Troy Rogers (expressivemachines.com) in a series of sessions designed to introduce them to the use of ARDUINO technology as adapted for musical performance.
On Friday, Twin Cities-based new music ensemble ZEITGEIST will host workshops regarding two classic works of Electronic Music: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mikrofonie and John Cage’s Cartridge Music. Both works involve repurposing technology in order to create new works – otherwise known as hacking.
Saturday will feature final building workshops as well as a final, circus-like performance in which Troy Rogers will demonstrate some of his own robots performing new compositions followed by the ROBOT ORCHESTRA – all of the newly built robots in an event that you won’t want to miss!
Meals will be provided and participants will have ample opportunity to fully explore the limits of their robots through building, articulating, and hacking sessions, as well as concerts and presentations by partnering groups such as Zeitgeist and ISELF.