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    The Next Big Thing in Digital Orchestration

    From Yahoo News:
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    TOKYO (AFP) - Japan\'s top carmaker Toyota unveiled a trumpet-playing robot -- its first humanoid machine -- in a bid to catch up with robot technology frontrunners such as Honda and Sony.


    Toyota Motor Corp. (news - web sites) showed off its walking and rolling virtuoso robots to the media at a Tokyo hotel as it announced the outline of its robot development project.


    The 120-centimeter (48-inch) tall robot played \"When you wish upon a star\" with a trumpet as a presenter held a microphone up to the instrument, swaying naturally to the rhythm of the famous song from the Disney cartoon film Pinocchio.


    The robot, with what appeared to be an artificial green leaf stuck behind its left \'ear\', bowed to the audience and waved its arms to respond to applause following the brief performance.


    The 35 kilogram (77 pound) as yet unnamed robot has artificial lips which can alter their position as subtly as human lips as air is forced through them, enabling it to play a trumpet as it presses the stops with its hands.


    \"We are determined to drive forward the Toyota Partner Robot project by putting together what we have cultivated in automotive development and production,\" Toyota president Fujio Cho told the news conference.


    \"I\'m confident that this will be a symbol of Toyota Group\'s technology,\" Cho said.


    Toyota plans to form a \"robot band\" to play music at the 2005 World Exposition at the carmaker\'s base in Aichi, central Japan, the president said.


    Among its partners in the project are Japanese computer giant NEC Corp. and micro-motor maker Yasukawa Electric Corp., a Toyota official said, adding the company has no concrete plans to commercialise the project.


    Toyota started humanoid robot development two and a half years ago, Cho said without mentioning costs.


    The robot development race is highly competitive in Japan, the world\'s leader in the technology.


    In 2000, its rival Honda Motor Co. (news - web sites) Ltd. unveiled ASIMO, the world\'s first two-legged walking robot, and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news) (news - web sites). revealed its QRIO, the world\'s first jogging robot, in December.


    Earlier this week QRIO appeared for a photo opportunity conducting the Tokyo Phiharmonic Orchestra as it performed part of Beethoven\'s Fifth Symphony.


    It was not immediately clear whether QRIO would be conducting Toyota\'s robot musicians in future as well.

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    Re: The Next Big Thing in Digital Orchestration

    Heheheh...

    My first instinct is: \"That\'s weird.\" Second, \"That\'s awesome!\" Third... \"I\'m not sure I\'m really comfortable with this.\"

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    Re: The Next Big Thing in Digital Orchestration

    Lol,

    \"Star Wars\" - Toyota vs Wynton Marsalis [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Originally posted by FossMan:
    Third... \"I\'m not sure I\'m really comfortable with this.\"
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">FossMan,

    No need for panic. This is not unprecedented. People have been making human-looking \"automatons\" playing music for centuries.

    For instance, check out the stuff at The House on the Rock in Wisconsin, rooms and rooms of orchestrions, misc. mechanical musical machines, and automatons. *WARNING* they play recordings!!! [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] --which made me pissed as hell. The machines have simply become too expensive to maintain, I guess. But they did have some interesting people-looking automatons playing various instruments. What sticks out in my memory is a bassoon section, where one of the bassoonist looked just like Dr. Crusher from Star Trek. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Karl Kapek would be proud....I think....

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    This is great, once we write every possible piece of music AND have robots playing all the instruments - there will be no need for us (composers/musicians).

    I say we start an anti-robotic-musician-automaton revolution! Who\'s with me?

    ...

    The only thing that upsets me, is that my goal was to compose for an orchestra of PC\'s, some day, that responded to the movement of my conducting wand [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] All the notes would, of course, have already been sequenced, but basically the tempo and dynamics would be dependent on the placement / movement (i.e. fast or slow) of the almight baton.

    *sigh, looks like I\'ll have to use cyborg-musicians instead.

    - Junk***ious

    Edit: A cookie to whomever guesses what 3 letters I used in my name!

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    A, S, and S? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    When I first saw this I thought it might be the missing picture of “Hot lips Tom” from the demo page. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    All gone....

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    Re: The Next Big Thing in Digital Orchestration

    Originally posted by Junkmonkey:
    This is great, once we write every possible piece of music AND have robots playing all the instruments - there will be no need for us (composers/musicians).

    I say we start an anti-robotic-musician-automaton revolution! Who\'s with me?

    ...

    The only thing that upsets me, is that my goal was to compose for an orchestra of PC\'s, some day, that responded to the movement of my conducting wand [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] All the notes would, of course, have already been sequenced, but basically the tempo and dynamics would be dependent on the placement / movement (i.e. fast or slow) of the almight baton.

    *sigh, looks like I\'ll have to use cyborg-musicians instead.

    - Junk***ious

    Edit: A cookie to whomever guesses what 3 letters I used in my name!
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">L-I-C ?

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