The Jazari robotic jazz enesmble

As anyone who’s been to Chuck E Cheese’s knows, robotic bands have been under development for years. Patrick Flanagan’s cyborg percussion ensemble, Jazari seems to take things to a new level.

As Patrick describes it, Jazari “fuses African rhythms,
algorithmic composition, computer music, and electro-mechanics into
beat-driven steamfunk.”  The controls are quite unique as well.  Originally, the controller was simply a Wiimote. This was limited, since one needs three fingers to hold on to it, so a new “springbok” device was born allowing all five fingers to be used to play music.  The vocal part of the music is created using an Android program called “voloco”.

The video after the break should explain everything a little better, and the music itself is pretty cool.  Patrick will be doing more programming and hardware work over the summer rather than touring much, but “they” should give an awesome concert once all the bugs are worked out.

Comments

  1. bandling says:

    … And he does all that with just those controler things??? That’s insane!!!!!!!!!!

  2. aztraph says:

    Pretty awesome till 3:24, then reminded me a little of circuit bending music, vocals were good to.

  3. Angel says:

    Imagine what this will sound like when this guy gets his hands on a Wii U controller instead of the regular Wii controller.

  4. zuul says:

    would have liked to see the controller more but seems like it’s just triggering midi or something

  5. kak says:

    when im 50, I sure hope this is not where music went.

  6. Andrew says:

    Why are the two mics in the middle of the room pointing at each other – one upright and one above it but upside down?

  7. shave says:

    sadly, unimpressive

  8. Max says:

    @Andrew
    I think it’s this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blumlein_Pair

  9. Philippe says:

    @shave Oh? And what did _you_ make?

  10. kevin says:

    Like some sort of jazz dalek.

  11. poslathian says:

    The electronic solo was amazing. So far that sort of high degree of freedom and control has been the sole domain of physical instruments – since you can tweak them in so many ways. I wonder how that controller lets him make those ridiculous sounds in the solo.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,449 other followers