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New Music Concepts 2020

A mobile robot percussionist

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 7)
ISBN: 978-88-944350-3-0

Author(s): Maxence Blond, Andrew Vardy, Andrew Staniland

Abstract: We present a robotic percussion player, intended as an accompaniment to human players which can extend the musical reach for both professional and amateur musicians. The purpose of this paper is to describe our prototype system which is able to repeat a rhythmic pattern provided by the user. In the future we intend to explore improvisation and interaction between multiple robotic percus- sionists. A set of robotic percussionists could collaborate by allocating components of a composition to different units. In this paper we introduce the concept of a mobile robot percussionist and show results from a preliminary experiment in which the robot replicates the input pattern of a human user. We analyze the time delays between the input and output patterns which show an error of less than 0.07s. Future steps like improvisation and multi-robot organization are also discussed.

Keywords: Mobile robot, Multi-robot systems, Robot musicianship