The Flying Drum Machine

The Flying Drum Machine

We developed a quadrotor aerial vehicle that can be used as a musical instrument. Using the idea of interactions based on physical contact, a system is developed that enables humans to engage in artistic expression with a flying robot and produce music. The interactive quadrocopter was programmed to drive playback of drum sounds in real-time in response to physical interaction. An intuitive mapping was developed between machine movement and drum sounds.  The videos show a professional musician who used the interface to compose complex rhythm patterns.

 

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University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies