Mecxpression Study 1

Program Note

Mecxpression study 1 (2017) explores the concept of “mechatronic expression,” the idea that mechatronic/robotic instruments are capable of producing musically expressive gestures that differ from those of human performers. This study features the robotic percussion instrument CADI (Configurable Automatic Drumming Instrument), designed by Expressive Machines Musical Instruments. Mecxpression study 1 highlights CADI’s mechanical gestures, including rapid attacks, repetitive patterns, and mechanical noise. Amplification of mechanical actions through contact microphones attached to CADI’s solenoids and live electroacoustic processing augment the acoustic sound of the instrument.

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