17-19 February 2015
Rydges Lakeland Resort
Queenstown
New Zealand


Special Session on Mechatronic Music

Dr Ajay Kapur
Senior Lecturer
ajay.kapur@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Jim Murphy
Teaching Fellow
Objectives:

In recent years, the disciplines of musical mechatronic instrument design, development, and application have undergone rapid growth and diversification. The recent availability of open-source tools affording simplified collaboration between artists and engineers has resulted in the appearance of a wide variety of new instruments, ranging from novel mechatronic percussion systems through to modular robotic guitars. Additionally, machine learning and audio feature extraction techniques have in recent years been applied to projects focusing on human/musical robot interaction, greatly enhancing the means by which musicians may interface with mechatronic instruments. This special session aims to allow researchers in this wide-ranging sub-discipline of music technology to come together and share ideas on the building of new mechatronic instruments as well as novel uses for the devices and new means by which they may be used in the creation of music and sound art. As a highly multi-disciplinary field, it is an aim of this session to bring together those working in many different aspects of musical robotics.

Topics of Interest:

The topics explored in this special session include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechatronic Musical Instrument Design
  • Human/Robot Interaction
  • Control of Musical Robots
  • Mechatronically-augmented Musical Performance Systems

Co-Chairs:
Ajay Kapur
Jim Murphy

Sonic Engineering Labs for Creative Technology,
School of Engineering and Computer Science & New Zealand School of Music
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Organised and Sponsored by

Technical Co-Sponsors

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation

IEEE NZ Central Section

IEEE NZ Central Section

New Zealand Robotics,
Automation and
Sensing (NZRAS)
(http://nzras.org.nz/)