Engineers at Georgia Tech Center of Music built a robot that can play alongside musicians. The robot improvises beats and rhythms that match the music around it.
Named “Shimon,” the automation takes the form of a marimba. Its arms can hit a plethora of notes and stay up to tempo with live musicians. According to NowThis, the robot can create hundreds of original melodies.
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This invention proves useful to composers and musicians alike, as it can provide inspiration to the artists it is performing with.
“Most of what Shimon is playing is generated using a new process where he creates hundreds of melodies off line based on deep learning analysis of large musical data sets,” creator Gil Weinberg says in a story with TechCrunch. “Then us humans (me and my students) choose melodies we like and orchestrate/structure them into songs. It’s a new form of robot-human collaboration, at least for us.”
While the invention specializes in jazz, jam-rock and reggae, Weinberg hopes to make advances to the robot so it can adapt to a multitude of genres. More specifically, Weinberg wants it to perform alongside freestyle rappers.
Additionally, Shimon has its own band called “Shimon and Friends.” Check it out below!
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