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Rock’em Sock’em Circuits

This video is a personal favorite of mine. I repost it every few years, so everybody gets a chance to see or to remember. It’s the perfect intersection of art and science. It’s fun. It’s creative. And there’s no way I could ever figure out how to do that on my computer.

The music and the visuals are computer generated. The video was produced by AniMusic and was published in 2001. They have a few other videos, and a few CDs for sale (if they’re still in business).


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7 thoughts on “Rock’em Sock’em Circuits

    1. Ross, Margy, please do me a favor and have a look at the article I wrote up about “robot music” at TechsWrite last year: EMMI and new analog solutions in robot music

      It’s a similar concept– using robots and computer science to generate music acoustically, which is a little different than synthesizer and electronic tech. The thing I find exciting about EMMI is that they might make this accessible to regular working musicians.

      Thanks for your time.

      1. I took a look at your article, and at the musical robots. Clearly, the robots have a bit of development to finish – as does the Intel demo. Demonstrations like this really bring home the complexity of human creativity, along with the dexterity of our fingers, mouths and hands. It’s really amazing when you think about how hard robots and computers have to try to sound “human.”

        But, thanks for the article and the link. It’ll be another path for me to wander up and down!

      2. Right you are. I was reading a WIRED article about prosthetics today, and that’s another area where robots need a lot of fine-tuning– I’m sure the neurology involved is comparable.

        I expect that robot musicians such as EMMI makes will just provide backing tracks; it will still be up to humans to provide the solos.

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