Robots learning to sing to each other

Movie showing the current version of the singing robots, which are being developed at ICCMR, University of Plymouth, UK. The robots, Tom, Dick and Harry evolve their own musical language by singing to each other. They were on display at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre on 10 June 2009.

More on the ICCMR at Plymouth University:
http://cmr.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/

More on the Science Museum:
http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

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8 thoughts on “Robots learning to sing to each other

  1. It is getting …
    It is getting closer to the time when robots can produce music that human minds can not conceive

  2. Now they have a …
    Now they have a victory song for when they take over the world.

  3. Whoever designed …
    Whoever designed this should have not programmed that massive and distracting vibrato into the robot’s voices (so distracting that it makes the attempted pitches of the robot undiscernable).

    Without this attribute, we would then see that the robots are only singing simple strings of tones upto about ten in length, with no real expression. The false superimposed vibrato gives people the false sense of expression.

  4. This is highly …
    This is highly innovative stuff! Embodied cognition really has come of age with this. There’s no knowing where this might go. Anyone else having visions of Mars Attacks!? 😉

  5. The realism of the …
    The realism of the voices is very nice. The arm movements are perhaps not quite so expressive! Today robots sing the same tune, tomorrow they judge X-Factor?

  6. There’s something …
    There’s something about music which makes robots seem more “human” – it’s almost like some sort of ceremony amongst the robots!

  7. There’s something …
    There’s something about music which makes robots seem more “human” – it’s almost like some sort of ceremony amongst the robots!

  8. it is almost moving …
    it is almost moving… they seem also dancing like in a gurdjieff sacred dance. what about the human interction and when it will be possible a “mixed” performance? great work!

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