Robot Orchestra Sparks Excitement!
Bay Area electronic music producer and instrument builder Amina Kirby visited us for an all school assembly on Monday, Dec 5 to share her ROBOT ORCHESTRA. A project 5 years in the making, Kirby programs her computer to send messages to local networks of motors and pistons outfitted on circuit boards — one for each key or string for each instrument in the orchestra. Many of these musical/sculptural objects are made from familiar materials such as a drum kit, glockenspiel, zither, cake pans, ceramic bowls and plates — played in entirely new mechanical ways. Amina programs the robots to perform her own original music, pieces that breathe life into the technology, which she shared with us during the lecture/demonstration. Amina's ROBOT ORCHESTRA was an interactive and exciting showcase of STEAM in practice that our kids won't forget!
*Special thanks to Stanbridge Academy Music Maestro, Matt Robidoux for arranging this wonderful immersive experience!
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