Arne Eigenfeldt, Ajay Kapur: Roboterstück

  • ©, Arne Eigenfeldt and Ajay Kapur, Roboterstück

Artist Statement:


    This footage was recorded at the Musical Metacreation Weekend in the University of Sydney, part of the ISEA 2013 exhibition. Credit: Arne Eigenfeldt, Ajay Kapur. Recording by Xavier Ho.

    Roboterstück is a tongue-in-cheek homage to Karlheinz Stockhausen’s famous total-serialist work Klavierstück XI, in which the performer glances at a sheet of music and randomly chooses to play from 15 notated fragments. In this case, agents negotiate a texture – from 16 possible combinations – based upon the following features: slow/fast; sparse/dense; loud/soft; rhythmic/arhythmic. When the same texture has appeared three times, the performance is complete. Unlike all of Eigenfeldt’s other multi-agents works, Roboterstück makes no attempt at anything human-like, either in conception, or performance, by the NotomotoN (an 18-armed robotic percussionist). Video: footage recorded at the Musical Metacreation Weekend in the University of Sydney. Recording by Xavier Ho


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