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New Music Concepts 2018

Algorithmic Music with Linkchained Robotic Musicians as Internet of Things - Art

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 5)
ISBN: 978-88-6551-278-4

Author(s): Winfried Ritsch

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) allows objects that communicate via internet technologies to collect data and control devices, thus expanding our world and human perception of it. As the IoT grows, promising a shift in our culture and an augmentation of our world, it also expands the potential of artistic works that deploy the IoT devices for which it was originally postulated and implemented. When considering music, particularly computer music and composition the "artistic research question" to be answered is: What if a new IoT-art itself arose, does IoT art exist as a self-contained art, meaning art conceptually different from others und specifically in the field of computer music composition? In this paper the outcome of the artistic research project of "whether there is an IoT-art?",using the art-work "IoT-bells" as research object for investigation is shown, and within this focus a further exploration of the artistic potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) discussed. This artwork was originally meant to use IoT devices as autonomous interconnected systems for algorithmic composition and for implementation in sound installations. However, a shift to forming a self-contained network of things, much like a swarm of autonomous robots, seems to be in contrast to the primary goals of IoT, to deliver information with sensors and control the motion of elements with actuators. This misuse of IoT in such autonomous networks in the arts, could allow the IoT with self-contained entities to be watched and explored by an audience.

Keywords: Automatic Music Composition, musical human-computer interaction, robotic