lpd014 <RoBodies>

M&M Robot Orchestra

p e r f o r m e r s for this CD:

  • Man:
  • Kristof Lauwers computers
    Moniek Darge violin, voice & performance
    Barbara Buchowiec computers & viola
    Emilie De Vlam dance & gesture
    Jelle Meander voice & performance
    Godfried-Willem Raes director

  • Machines:

  • <Klung>
    <Vox Humanola>

    Prijs: 10,00 Euro, binnenlandse verzending = 2,50 Euro, internationale verzending = 5 Euro
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    public domain

    M&M ensemble

    On this fourth CD by the Logos M&M ensemble a collection of newly composed interactive pieces and performances for the orchestra were brought together.It documents the music machines in the M&M orchestra in their capacities as really interactive robots.

    The M&M ensemble forms a professional group of performers, composers and musicians focussing on the interaction between man and machine and has its permanent residence at the Logos Foundation. The machines are all electro-mechanical robots designed and built by Godfried-Willem Raes. On previous CD's in this series (LPD007: Automaton , LPD012 More Automats, LPD008 M&M , LPD013 Machine Orchestra and the CR-ROM LPRD001) we have documented the individual automats and some of their capacities as well as two albums devoted to new compositions for groups of robots. On this new CD, all the automats form an interactive orchestra: Some of the pieces are exclusively based on real-time composition-code, written for the computer network that controls the automats (Platic Deformations by Kristof Lauwers). Other pieces involve real-time interactive input from human performers. This input can be acoustic (vocal, violin and viola as in the case of Moniek Darge's 'Klanklagen' and 'RobotGarden') or gesture controlled. To this end the human input devices make use of either the sonar based invisible instrument (Holosound) or some of the many radar devices (Quadrada, PicRada) invented by Godfried-Willem Raes and developed at the Logos Foundation. This is the technology involved in the compositions 'Gestrobo Studies', 'PicRada Studies' and 'SQEvSTO4QR' by Godfried-Willem Raes.

    This CD reflects a momentary mid-2004 snapshot of the ongoing efforts of this unique ensemble to redefine musicianship. The adventure of this process can be followed by picking up some of our monthly concerts at the Logos Tetrahedron in Ghent and by paying a visit to our regularly updated website:


    Building musical robots has been an ongoing activity in the Logos Labs since its very beginning in the late sixties. It is one of the many results of our investigations into the development of new tools for musical expression.

    All music on this CD is hereby put in the public domain. It can be freely distributed, even in public spaces as well as broadcasted provided the origin and the authors are always mentioned and given credit.

    Kristof Lauwers: 'Plastic Deformations' [6'43"]

    3.210 kB for robot orchestra and a laptop performer
    Kristof Lauwers, laptops

    Godfried-Willem Raes: 'Gestrobo Studies' [5'17"]

    2.410 kB for robot orchestra
    Emilie De Vlam, gesture - Godfried-Willem Raes, gesture & laptop, Kristof Lauwers, laptop
    • GeroVibi
    • GeroTrio
    • GeroBelly
    • GeroPuff
    • GeroTubi
    • GeroKlung

    Moniek Darge 'Klanklagen IV' [6'02"]

    2.850 kB for <Harma>, <Piperola>, <Vox Humanola>, <Harma> <Bourdonola>, <Puff>
    Moniek Darge, concept, voice - Godfried-Willem Raes, voice, Kristof Lauwers, computers

    Jelle Meander: 'Amorgos' [14'25"]

    for robot orchestra, performance and voices
    Jelle Meander, voice, Kristof Lauwers, laptops.

    Moniek Darge & Kristof Lauwers: 'RobotGarden' [9'25"]

    for <Harma>, <Thunderwood>, <Klung>, <Vibi>, <Troms>, <Piperola>, <Vox Humanola>, <Bourdonola>, <Puff>, <Flex>, <Springers>...
    Moniek Darge, concept, voice & performance - Barbara Buchowiec, viola, Kristof Lauwers, computer

    Godfried-Willem Raes: 'Picrada' [3'54"]

    for robot orchestra and PIC based radar gesture controllers
    Emilie De Vlam, gestures - Godfried-Willem Raes, gestures & computers

    Godfried-Willem Raes: "SQE v STO 4 QR" [4'20"]

    for robot orchestra and Quadrada based radar gesture controllers
    Emilie De Vlam, gestures - Godfried-Willem Raes, gestures & computers - Kristof Lauwers, laptop

    programmed by:
    Godfried-Willem Raes  and Kristof Lauwers

    Kristof Lauwers  and Kris De Baerdemacker

    CD mastering:
    Nikita Chudjakov

    cover design:
    Godfried-Willem Raes and Bart Gabriel (pictures), Xavier Verhelst & Bert Vandekerckhove (art work)


    Johannes Taelman, Xavier Verhelst, Hans Roels, Kris De Baerdemacker, Bert Vandekerckhove

    release date: march 29th 2005

    Last update: 2009-08-03