TechCrunch Premieres Nigel Stanford's Next Mini-Movie Automatica - Robots vs. Music
NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2017: Automatica is the title-track from Stanford's forthcoming Sony Music Masterworks debut album. "Automatica - Robots vs. Music" is a follow up to 2015's viral video, "Cymatics - Science vs. Music" which visualized a brand-new synthesis of music, art and physics.Stanford's latest brainchild raises the question, just how close are we to fully AI robots performing instruments and blending in with normal, every-day human activity? Watch his latest creation today on TechCrunch.
It was in early 2015 that he came up with the idea of following up the huge success of "Cymatics" by programming robots to play instruments - keyboards, bass, drums - on the "Automatica" single, his next groundbreaking "mini-movie."
With robots from KUKA Robotics, animation software to program them, and support from high-end microphone firm Sennheiser, he retired to his garage for a month to program and position the robots to play the music.
Looking at the video, you'd think it took a whole team of engineers and programmers, but you'd be wrong. "I do all of the programming," Nigel says. "I think it's important to come at the scientific aspects from the perspective of a Musician."