Gulliver’s Cello

This kinetic sculpture installation was about the difficulty of learning to play an instrument.  Those who wants to build musical machines (for example the popular work of Seth Goldstein) want those machines to play well from the beginning.  In human practice this would never be the case and I felt it was important to make a robot that was not proficient at the start, but to show that given the right parameters (bow angle, placement, tension and rosin), instruction (adjust the speed of the bow until you hear sound) and time that anyone/anything can learn ‘how’ to play.

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