M&M Robot Orchestra
p e r f o r m e r s for this CD:
Kristof Lauwers computers
Moniek Darge violin, voice & performance
Barbara Buchowiec computers & viola
Emilie De Vlam dance & gesture
Jelle Meander voice & performance
Godfried-Willem Raes director
On this fourth CD by the Logos M&M ensemble a collection of newly composed interactive pieces and performances for the orchestra were brought together.It documents the music machines in the M&M orchestra in their capacities as really interactive robots.
The M&M ensemble forms a professional group of performers, composers and musicians focussing on the interaction between man and machine and has its permanent residence at the Logos Foundation. The machines are all electro-mechanical robots designed and built by Godfried-Willem Raes. On previous CD's in this series (LPD007: Automaton , LPD012 More Automats, LPD008 M&M , LPD013 Machine Orchestra and the CR-ROM LPRD001) we have documented the individual automats and some of their capacities as well as two albums devoted to new compositions for groups of robots. On this new CD, all the automats form an interactive orchestra: Some of the pieces are exclusively based on real-time composition-code, written for the computer network that controls the automats (Platic Deformations by Kristof Lauwers). Other pieces involve real-time interactive input from human performers. This input can be acoustic (vocal, violin and viola as in the case of Moniek Darge's 'Klanklagen' and 'RobotGarden') or gesture controlled. To this end the human input devices make use of either the sonar based invisible instrument (Holosound) or some of the many radar devices (Quadrada, PicRada) invented by Godfried-Willem Raes and developed at the Logos Foundation. This is the technology involved in the compositions 'Gestrobo Studies', 'PicRada Studies' and 'SQEvSTO4QR' by Godfried-Willem Raes.
This CD reflects a momentary mid-2004 snapshot of the ongoing efforts of this unique ensemble to redefine musicianship. The adventure of this process can be followed by picking up some of our monthly concerts at the Logos Tetrahedron in Ghent and by paying a visit to our regularly updated website:
Building musical robots has been an ongoing activity in the Logos Labs since its very beginning in the late sixties. It is one of the many results of our investigations into the development of new tools for musical expression.
All music on this CD is hereby put in the public domain. It can be freely distributed, even in public spaces as well as broadcasted provided the origin and the authors are always mentioned and given credit.
Kristof Lauwers: 'Plastic Deformations' [6'43"]
for robot orchestra and a laptop performer
Kristof Lauwers, laptops
Godfried-Willem Raes: 'Gestrobo Studies' [5'17"]
for robot orchestra
Emilie De Vlam, gesture - Godfried-Willem Raes, gesture & laptop, Kristof Lauwers, laptop
Moniek Darge 'Klanklagen IV' [6'02"]for <Harma>, <Piperola>, <Vox Humanola>, <Harma> <Bourdonola>, <Puff>
Moniek Darge, concept, voice - Godfried-Willem Raes, voice, Kristof Lauwers, computers
Jelle Meander: 'Amorgos' [14'25"]for robot orchestra, performance and voices
Jelle Meander, voice, Kristof Lauwers, laptops.
Moniek Darge & Kristof Lauwers: 'RobotGarden' [9'25"]for <Harma>, <Thunderwood>, <Klung>, <Vibi>, <Troms>, <Piperola>, <Vox Humanola>, <Bourdonola>, <Puff>, <Flex>, <Springers>...
Moniek Darge, concept, voice & performance - Barbara Buchowiec, viola, Kristof Lauwers, computer
Godfried-Willem Raes: 'Picrada' [3'54"]for robot orchestra and PIC based radar gesture controllers
Emilie De Vlam, gestures - Godfried-Willem Raes, gestures & computers
Godfried-Willem Raes: "SQE v STO 4 QR" [4'20"]for robot orchestra and Quadrada based radar gesture controllers
Emilie De Vlam, gestures - Godfried-Willem Raes, gestures & computers - Kristof Lauwers, laptop
Godfried-Willem Raes and Kristof Lauwers
Kristof Lauwers and Kris De Baerdemacker
Godfried-Willem Raes and Bart Gabriel (pictures), Xavier Verhelst & Bert Vandekerckhove (art work)
Johannes Taelman, Xavier Verhelst, Hans Roels, Kris De Baerdemacker, Bert Vandekerckhove
release date: march 29th 2005
Last update: 2009-08-03