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Shimon Robot and Friends

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Published on Jan 27, 2016

Shimon is an improvising robotic musician that creates inspiring musical interactions with humans. Shimon listens to, understands, and collaborates with live human musicians in real time. Shimon uses artificial intelligence and creativity algorithms to push musical experiences to uncharted domains.

As an evening-length show, SHIMON ROBOT & FRIENDS features an ensemble comprised of two to five human musicians collaborating with Shimon robot (improvising on marimba) and Shimi robots that dance to sounds from smart phones. Together they perform original compositions ranging from jazz to hip hop, using artificial intelligence combined with human creativity, emotion, and aesthetic judgement.

Optional video excerpts during live performance, as well as talk-backs and educational workshops offered for all ages give the audience a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into how the robots were created and used in live performance.

Special guests including Jason Barnes, the cyborg drummer, rappers and local musicians will be discussed and determined according to each presenter’s needs and performance context.

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