The Robotic Musicianship Group at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology develops meaningful musical interactions between humans and machines, leading to novel musical experiences and outcomes.
Shimon, the second robotic member of Robotic Musicianship Group, is designed to play the marimba. It utilizes melodic and harmonic perception and improvisation algorithms, adding to the rhythmic improvisation approach taken by Haile, Georgia Tech’s first robotic drummer. Shimon is designed create rich acoustic sound and to provide communicative social cues to its human counterparts. The robot’s head provides fellow musicians visual cues that represent social-musical elements, from beat detection and tonality, to attention and spatial interaction.