Listening Machines

The Next Generation of Music is Upon Us!

Georgia Tech's Robotic Musicians perform a new music concert, Listening Machines. 

The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology presents Listening Machines, the 11th annual Music Technology Student Concert. Eight new compositions will be performed, featuring novel musical instruments, machine listening approaches, and improvisation systems developed during the 2016 Spring semester. This year's concert will feature the Georgia Tech Robotic Musicians, which include Shimon (the marimba playing robot), Shimi (the dancing, musically responsive robots), the Prosthetic Drumming Arm, and different EEG platforms used for human-robot interaction.  Come experience the next generation of music! 

Sunday | April 17th |  3:00pm 
Drama Tech  (Ferst Center’s Black Box Theatre) 
349 Ferst Dr, Atlanta, GA 30332

2016 Performances

Daft Bots 

Nikhil Bhanu, Brandon Westergaard, Tyler White

Daft Bots is an interactive performance of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic”, and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” played together as a mash-up. It features Shimon as a vocalist, a first for the robot. Shimon responds to the human not only in her movements, but also in the color and configuration of her new LED eyes. The piece is a first of its kind, bringing an exciting new audio-visual aspect to Shimon’s performance.

Robotic Dark Ambient Ensemble 

Regis Verdin, Chris Latina, Avrosh Kumar

This ensemble is interested in altering the aesthetics assumed with robotic musicianship, introducing atmospheric elements doom metal and minimalism. We want to embrace the mechanical actions of robotic rhythm within this context. Rather than marimba, Shimon will play timpani, cymbals, snare, and metal. Note the aspects of improvisation and listening between robot and human. In this occult ceremony we transcend our robotic and human forms to reach a singularity of mind.

Crimson Call
Roozbeh Khodambashi, Sirish Satyavolu, Milap Rane

Crimson Call is a fusion about a heart calling out to another. The performance involves algorithmic, robotic and conventional composition methods. We have the Persian Ney, representing the wind, the Melodica representing the Earth, Synthesizers  representing the fire, Shimon (marimba) representing the water and Hindustani vocals representing the space between the hearts. The Third Arm beats with the rhythm of the heart-to-heart call and to blend it all in, the Piano fades in and out of the worlds of reality and frivolity of this breathtaking and emotionally charged piece.

Love Hate and Robots

Amruta Vidwans, Hua Xiao, Ying Zhan

The concept for the performance is love-hate relationship between machines and humans. The robots also can show emotions and the performance will be about the softer side of the relationship and the fight and frustration faced by humans dealing with machines. The piece will provide food for thought that whether machines can display emotions using artificial intelligence and the interaction of machines with humans will lead to interesting relationships.

The Beginning of the End

Carren Wang, Lea Ikkache, Jonathan Wang, Alice Chen

Technology raises both hopes and concerns, especially in this day and age where it becomes more and more pervasive. The Beginning of the End explores this complex social phenomenon emphasising the different stages of interaction between humans and machine: initial encounter, mutual curiosity, collaboration, and independence. These phases will be examined in this dramatic performance through gesture recognition and interactive improvisation. The star of the play is the robotic marimba player, Shimon, who will be improvising for your entertainment in a journey that will take your breath away.

In Practice

Chris Laguna, Greg Hendler, Ashis Pati



Deanna Jackson, Rex Wang, Siyuan Niu, Shi Cheng


The Monk Ensemble

Siddharth, Rithesh, Liang

The Monk Ensemble is an exploration between man, machine and the ways they interact between and amongst themselves. The piece does not have a motivation, but is simply a result of an experience trying to understand the man-machine-man relationship. As humans play their instruments, a robotic-marimba player and a robotic-drummer will listen, respond and interact.