Hexastomp continues my research into robotics (physical computing) and live performance. Hexastomp is a part composed part improvised (Comprovisation) new performance work combining traditional musical interfaces – violin and percussion with new interfaces for musical expression – modular synthesiser and a six legged robot. Typically in electronic music, beats are created with a step sequencer running in software or as a standalone electronic instrument. In this collaborative work the role of a step sequencer is manifest as a robot -Stompy. Stompy’s mechanical physical realisation of a step sequencer creates a unique approach to making beats and provides a platform to explore the potential for live performers to explore musical possibilities collaborating with new forms of robotic musical interfaces.

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