Amazing YouTube Music Video Series #13 -Robot plays marimba jazz
Original YouTube Title: Robot plays marimba
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.
Georgia Tech PR for their Music Technology Track:
Toyota’s Robot Trumpet Player:
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
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