Robotic Musician Listens To Other Band Members, Provides Improvised Accompaniment

March 22, 2017

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These are several video demonstrations of the robotic marimba player developed by engineers at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. The robot listens to the music the other performers are playing, then uses artificial intelligence algorithms to provided an appropriate improvised accompaniment, complete with jazzy head-bobbing. Admittedly, it does a pretty good job. Granted not a good enough job to join my band, but there's no place for a robot in a band full of guitar-shredding, hard-partying animals like us anyways. You wouldn't even believe what happened at the last hotel we stayed at on tour. "The front desk forgot your wake-up call and you missed the free continental breakfast?" ROCKSTAR STATUS.

Keep going for the videos.

Thanks to hazy_patch, who's always terrifying to drive through in the morning because I'm afraid I'm going to hit a deer.

  • Matt Fricke

    The real story is that drummer who is using a robotic hand o_0

  • JJtoob

    It's not a robotic hand, it's really a robot who wears a prosthetic human body, but they want you to think it's the other way around.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Why the hell does it blink and nod? Who wasted all that time programming that?

  • JJtoob

    Probably someone who thinks it's a good idea to give robots human/animal behavior displays/appearance or part of, in order for us to like them.

  • Richard H Sanford

    "Steady As She Goes"? I love The Raconteurs!

    *watches video*

    Aww...

  • ReadingRainbow

    Nobody commented on the hidden robot: the drummer's hand!
    http://www.smithsonianmag.c... (3 year old article)

  • TheQiwiMan

    Aw... the "Steady As She Goes" video wasn't the excellent Raconteurs song, just more Jazz noise. :-(

  • I really dislike jazz.
    At least the robot/ship thing from Flight of the Navigator got an other job.
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N...

  • TheQiwiMan

    Was thinking the same thing!

  • Michael Knight

    just another shitty jam band....

  • steve holt

    scary. cool. But still weak compared to the human performers.

  • TheQiwiMan

    .... how can you even tell tho?

  • Bling Nye

    Soundtrack to the Robopocalypse.

    This one plays, while the other mops up blood, while the other sorts bones and organs, while the others chase down and eliminate the stragglers of humanity.

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