On Tuesday June 14th 2011 at 15:30h in room 55.309, Jay Kapur, from California Institute of the Arts, will give a lecture on "21st Century Raga: Digitizing North Indian Music".
Abstract: This presentation describes methods for digitizing, analyzing, preserving and extending North Indian Classical Music. Custom built controllers, influenced by the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Community, serve as new interfaces to gather musical gestures from a performing artist. Modified tabla, dholak, and sitar will be described. Experiments using Wearable sensors to capture ancillary gestures of a human performer will also be discussed. A brief history through the world of Musical Robotics will be followed by an introduction to the MahaDeviBot, a 12-armed solenoid-based drummer used to accompany a live sitar player. Presentation is full of video examples showing evolution of the body of work in the laboratory to the live performance stage.