DailyDirt: Making Robot Musicians

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Maybe the music industry isn't really worried about evil robots killing off music anymore, but as more and more technology gets into the field of music, there could be a new wave of neo-Luddite musicians. Software can compose music, and robots can play some musical instruments. What's left for humans to do? Check out some of these robot musicians, and you'll see why human musicians aren't that worried about losing their jobs to robots any time soon. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Ole Juul (profile), Mar 25th, 2014 @ 5:31pm

    Human element

    Of course "music" can have different meanings to different people. However, one of the things which has traditionally been core to the concept is the human element. By definition, a machine can't do that part.

    As a mental exercise, I suggest that one imagines using robots to run the 100 meter dash. There is indeed some satisfaction in racing machines, but we generally watch Olympic events specifically for the human content. This concept holds just as much (perhaps even more) with amateur and children's sports and games.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), Mar 25th, 2014 @ 5:44pm

    I was waiting for someone to take Animusic and turn it into real life.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 25th, 2014 @ 7:56pm

    Re: Human element

    Actually when you think of it, a race like that would still have the human element, it's just the 'muscle' on display wouldn't be the legs, but rather the brains, a test of who was able to come up with the best design.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 25th, 2014 @ 7:59pm

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    Nice, that was one of the first things I thought of when I read the article as well, and I agree, turning one of those animations into a real life thing would be awesome, though probably just a wee bit beyond current technological capabilities without spending a massive amount of money.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Mar 25th, 2014 @ 8:09pm

    Spoke too soon it seems

    Looks like a company actually has done something like that as a tech demo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z5Z5zo1Rc4

     

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    Ninja (profile), Mar 26th, 2014 @ 3:10am

    The Z-Machines band will release 5 songs written specifically for these robots, playing music that would be somewhat difficult for a human band to copy.

    Given enough humans it wouldn't be hard at all ;)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Mar 26th, 2014 @ 7:25am

    If they writing music, what are the copyright implications? Does the programmer get the rights to everything they generate?

     

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    Udom (profile), Mar 26th, 2014 @ 11:32am

    Music

    Millions of people around the world pound away at keyboards, hitting all the right notes without ever producing any music. Those who hear only notes and suppose that to be music are to be pitied.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Mar 26th, 2014 @ 7:20pm

    I could beat my drum about playing with three sticks, but, I'll just say, if I had two more sticks, my pants would fit like a glove.

     

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