Music: Pedro Alcalde
General title: Soundclusters: Six Musical Pieces for Four Robots
Instruments: Roland Olbeter
Other musicians: Christian Vogel, Sergi Jorda, Vicent Fibla, Balago, Oriol Rosell
Event: Festival Sónar
Venue: Museu d’Art Contemporani Barcelona (MACBA)
Date: 12th of June 2003
German artist Roland Olbeter, creator of the musical robots, decided to stage a presentation of his instruments by commissioning musicians from different styles and traditions to produce small compositions created specifically for them. I was chosen as the “classical” representative.
FM = Funeral Music
The robots were originally designed for the show Afasia by Marcel·lí Antúnez. Electric air motors powered the instruments. The notes were played through a midi sequencer.
Four robot instruments: violin, hornpipe, guitar and drum