Moritz Simon Geist


Moritz Simon Geist (DE)
Moritz Simon Geist is a performer, musicologist, and robotics engineer. He started because he wants to invent the future of electronic music – with robots! Geist’s projects range from robotic music performances to robotic sound installations. His robotic instruments and performances have been shown in numerous European festivals and exhibitions throughout the last years. He collaborates with performers such as Mouse on Mars or Robert Lippok and teaches on the progression of technology and society at the NYU Berlin. He was awarded numerours internation awards. His background is both as a classical musician and a robotics engineer, with an expertise in prototyping technologies and 3D-Printing.

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For the work TRIPODS:VIBRATIONS I aim to build a 2.5m high, robotic, AI-controlled sound robot, for the creation of sound and music. It will be able to compose and play ambient, melodic and harmonic structures and is based on the same principles as the jazz instrument vibraphone, by creating sine waves - but in real life. The sound of the classic instrument vibraphone is generated by tuned aluminum bars, which are normally struck by hand. The sound is very multifaceted and immediately captivated me during the first tests. It ranges from spherical, gloomy chords to glassy, high concise melodies.
The sound in this work is not played by humans, but by 36 small robotic actuators. The robotic actuators are triggered by a computer, running a artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) algorithm. The robot mechanics introduce slight variations in sound and rhythm, which are organic in contrast to calculated computer generated sounds. On the other hand, the robots are precise enough to play repetitive structures that no human could ever reproduce. This creates a new sound form (“robotic electronic music”) which is both organic and mechanical.


EMAP/EMARE grants of Moritz Simon Geist