I have already written a post about this project, in the Autechre subforum, but given the transversality of the musical influences, and the singularity of the execution, it seemed interesting to me to post it in this section.
I discovered this project from a young electronic producer and electroacoustic composer (he released some IDM in the past as Koolmorf Widesen ). In the last years it has been working on something slightly different: music for robot orchestra (Logos Foundation, probably the most varied and articulated robot orchestra that has ever been designed).
He is running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter where we can see a video documenting the complexity of work:
If we go beyond the merely “wunderkammer" spectacular aspect of the “robots” - a MIDI controlled orchestra - I must confess to being mainly interested in the compositional aspect. The robots are nothing more than the medium. The Leonardo Barbadoro's influences range from contemporary music (specifically, I find some polyrhythmic experiments of Gyorgy Ligeti), minimalism (Steve Reich in primis), to idm (Aphex Twin, and a Ae nuance ...), but with a very personal touch, not very catalogable.
Here there a preview of a song :
On the Kickstarter page he say "The potential of the robots due to their extreme precision, can often surpass the ability of a human performer and, therefore, introduce completely new expressive possibilities. However next to the precise digital controls, the real performance and acoustic sound of instruments playing in a real acoustic space is preserved."
I think this project deserve more attention that it got it until now. I see there are just 10 days left and the campaign is not even 50% to reach the goal; it seemed interesting to give my contribution to the project, pointing it out until there is the possibility of seeing it realized.