Shimon is a marbima-playing robotic with some actual soul. This loopy little robotic, created by Gil Weinberg on the Georgia Tech Heart for Music Know-how, can take heed to the opposite gamers round it and play out little ditties in response to the music. In brief, it’s the world’s greatest jazz and hip hop collaborator as a result of, in contrast to people, Shimon can by no means get drunk and overlook the van keys again at that Taco Bell in Fresno.

“Most of what Shimon is enjoying is generated utilizing a brand new course of the place he creates a whole bunch of melodies off line based mostly on deep studying evaluation of enormous musical information units,” mentioned Weinberg. “Then us people (me and my college students) select melodies we like and orchestrate / construction them into songs. It’s a brand new type of robot-human collaboration, at the very least for us.”

On this video Shimon and crew play alongside to Sprint Smith, an Atlanta-based rapper who freestyles whereas Shimon and also you’ll additionally discover one other Georgia Tech product, a robotic drumming prosthesis that provides the drummer the facility of 4 Neil Perts.

Weinberg, Shimon’s human, is worked up by the brand new developments.

“Nonetheless below improvement is the opposite new component – we’re working letting Shimon analyze in actual time the rhythm, melodies and semantic that means of the free type rapper lyrics and use this evaluation to drive Shimon’s improvisation. As you recognize we’ve got explored largely improvised music, beginning with drum circles transferring to Jazz, rock jam-bands, and African marimba bands,” mentioned Weinberg. “We are actually prepared to maneuver to the subsequent frontier of actual time collaborative improvisation – free type rapping, the place the hope is that the rapper will probably be influenced by what Shimon is arising with and vice versa.”

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