Robotics and music festival

Monday, February 24, 2014

Staff from Expressive Machines Musical Instruments, Charlottesville, Va.

Staff from Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI), Charlottesville, Va. Troy Rogers, an EMMI founder, is presenting at the Feb. 27-March 1 "MN Made: New Music Festival."

Robotics and music will come together at St. Cloud State's "MN Made: New Music Festival" Feb. 27-March 1 in the Performing Arts Center.

The three-day event features a series of musical robotics workshops, concerts and presentations by partnering groups.

For $100, participants of all ages can build a fully-working instrument that can use in a performance scheduled March 1. They also can take it home with them following the workshop.

Participants will work with acclaimed composer Troy Rogers in a series of sessions that will introduce them to the Arduino microcontroller as a tool for creating and performing music.

Rogers is a robotic musical instrument designer and a founder of Expressive Machines Musical Instruments, Charlottesville, Va. Visit the EMMI Facebook page.

On Feb. 28, Twin Cities-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist will host workshops on two classic works of electronic music: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Mikrofonie” and John Cage’s “Cartridge Music.” Both works involve re-purposing technology in order to create new works – otherwise known as hacking.

March 1 will feature final building workshops with a final, circus-like performance in which Rogers will demonstrate some of his own robots performing new compositions followed by the robot orchestra with all of the newly built robots from throughout the weekend.

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. --

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