Eric Singer

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
My name is Eric Singer. I'm an engineer, programmer, roboticist and artist. I hold a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis, Magna Cum Laude, from Berklee College of Music; and a MS in Computer Science from New York University. I have over 20 years of experience in the areas of real-time systems, embedded processing, software/hardware integration, interactive and networked multimedia systems, and electronic musical instrument design. I perform and give lectures around the world and teaches a wide range of subjects integrating art, technology and creative engineering. I'm known internationally for my software and hardware products for interactive art and music creation and is considered a leading expert in the use of sensors and robotics in multimedia systems. I have also been an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Interactive Telecommunication Program and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts.


How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
By 2000, I had been creating electronic musical instruments for humans to play computerized sound for many years. I thought it would be interesting to reverse the directions - have the notes come out of the computer to the instruments. This lead to the idea of computer-playable robotic musical instruments. So, in 2000, I founded LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots and started gathering interest among friends and colleagues. I had no robotics experience prior to this, so I learned to machine and create robotics for this project and then taught others.

What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
This is already occurring naturally through efforts of my group and others, as well as the Maker movement. More people are starting to experiment with creating robotically playable sound. LEMUR continues to stage performances, installations, lectures and workshops around the world and are always open to invitations to present our work internationally.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
Creating robotic instruments is an extension of the history of instrument creation, going back centuries. In this sense, I see myself as a modern "digital luthier."

Links:
Eric Singer
LEMUR
Flaming Simon
Miditron
Pyrotopia
Madagascar Institute

[image source: Evan Cairo]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

|<  << 

Eric Singer

Eric Singer is an engineer, programmer, roboticist and artist. He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of real-time systems, embedded processing, software/hardware integration, interactive and networked multimedia systems, and electronic musical instrument design.

Eric Singer 2

In 2000, I founded LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots and started gathering interest among friends and colleagues. I had no robotics experience prior to this, so I learned to machine and create robotics for this project and then taught others.

 

links