Hybrid Man / Machine Orchestra: Interfaces, Interaction, and Keeping it Together

Image courtesy Machine Orchestra. Ed.: From modern electronica to South Asian Classical music, machines to humans, the Machine Orchestra is doing fascinating things with electrically-powered, digitally-manipulated, physically-robotic music. Here’s more about what makes the ensemble tick. It’s been nearly three months since I had the opportunity to guest blog here on CDM about a project I am involved in called the Machine Orchestra. In Pt. 1 you were introduced to the directors behind the ensemble, Dr. Ajay Kapur and Michael Darling. Today however, we look at the Machine Orchestra from the inside out, and explore a few of the interfaces, …

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Building a Hybrid Man / Machine Orchestra, Pt. 1: Ajay Kapur and Michael Darling

The Machine Orchestra explodes the idea of a laptop orchestra, building a full-blown machine ensemble of the future. We turn to guest writer Jordan, a member of the ensemble, to look behind the scenes in a couple of articles. Rejoin us for part two later this week. -Ed. Welcome to the world of Dr. Ajay Kapur and Michael Darling, the two California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) professors behind a novel laptop powered ensemble, the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra. Inspired by the work of visionary laptop ensemble pioneers and long-time friends Dan Trueman, Perry Cook (PLORk) and Ge Wang (SLOrk), Kapur …

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