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IJMSTA - Vol. 2 - Issue 2 - July 2020
ISSN 2612-2146
Pages: 7

Towards a robotic percussion accompaniment

Authors: Maxence Blond, Andrew Vardy, Andrew Staniland
Categories: Journal

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 percussionists. 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 improvisa-tion and multi-robot organization are also discussed.

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

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Blond, M., Vardy, A., Staniland, A. (2020). Towards a robotic percussion accompaniment. IJMSTA. 2020 Aug 18; 2 (2): 27-33