Amazing YouTube Music Video Series #13 -Robot plays marimba jazz

Original YouTube Title: Robot plays marimba

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Original Date Posted on YouTube:
April 29, 2010

Original Poster’s Comments:
” Shimon the marimba-playing robot learns and improvises while jamming with musicians.”

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While not a great clip showing tremendous technical prowess, this clip shows a robot that is the first of a kind, at least as far as I’ve ever seen.  A robot, named Shimon, is playing the marimba and is synergistically working with the other jazz players.  This robot actually listens looks at the other players and attempts to add the social aspects of jazz.  Very Cool.

This robot actually will “pull” its playing technique from multiple jazz idioms and influences and come up with new ways to integrate them together.   No, the designer (Ryan Nicolitis? SP), doesn’t think that there will be an all robot jazz band any time soon…

This is a working product of the Georgia Tech. Center for Music Technology.

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