Robotic mallets rhythmically hit the traditional brass, bronze and iron instruments and play amazing music. It looks like “ghostly musical automaton”. I thought distance sensors might control it starts moving when someone get closed. Another possibility maybe use kinetic to capture user’s motion: Playing music when people move in front of this installation. However, Kuffner gives Gamelatrons a better and more interesting concept after I read his art statement on the poster card. In fact, the robots are connected to a network that transcribes digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations. It means no one in the gallery can really control how and when to play this “robot instrument”. The real player is network.
Robot & tradition, digital & physic, they are so conflict but perfectly match in this installation. We even hardly to define the sound we heard is digitally or instrumentally. Kuffner created this robotic installation to let participants thinking deeply about the relationship between the digital and physic, the virtuality and reality.