Listening Machines

Tesla coil, actuators on snare drum, water wheel, robot recorder

The 13th Annual Music Technology Student Concert

Listening Machines is an annual concert showcasing new music by masters students from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. This year's work focuses on self-made robots and actuators. Featuring a snare drum playing robot painting musical artworks, a synthesizer controlled by a water wheel, a recorder playing robot and many other DIY musical controllers and robots. The concert will take place April 28th at 7 p.m. in West Village (Room 175) on Georgia Tech's campus. Admission is free, and we invite everyone to come listen and experience the future of music!

Program Notes

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Sitar Cover)

Performers: Jeremy Sparks, Keshav Bimbraw, Madhukesh Ayyagari

More cowbell! This classic rock song by Blue Oyster Cult is reimagined with Indian flare and unique robot technology. The melody is played on sitar, accompanied by a band of robotic instruments and, of course, the MC (More Cowbell) Machine. Complete with a section of both human and machine improvisation, this cover is unlike anything done before.

Robot Peludo

Performers: Zach Kondak, Ryan Rose, Richard Savery

Robot Peludo features a recorder playing robot complete with head and body movements. It will be accompanied by Shimon the robotic marimba player and humans on alto recorder, tenor recorder and bass clarinet. The composition focuses on ensemble interplay using interwoven melodies and improvisation, between human and robot. 

Bell Curve

Performers: Jyoti Narang, Peggy Cao, Tejas Rode

The piece is a collaboration between a human and a machine, where the machine plays bells along a curve, while the human sings. The aim behind using bells is to show how seemingly simple acoustic objects can effectively complement a human performer. The machine also responds to ambient light, and emits colors to express the energy level of the performance. Through this piece, we attempt to break away from conventional mechanisms of creating music in a way that a layman can easily relate to.

Garbage Drums

Performers: Avneesh Sarwate, Takumi Ogata, Vinod Subramanian

The goal of the piece is to create a contrast between conventional rhythms and bizarre rhythms. We control solenoids and servo motors to strike against different kinds of surfaces and we have atmospheric guitars too! The piece is going to be weird, loud, industrial and amazing.


Performers: Yi Wu, Yongliang He, Hanyu Liu

This experimental electro piece presents the picture of a thunderbird soaring in the storm. A Tesla Coil, controlled by Korg MS-20 Synthesizer, embodies the thunderbird. A Eurorack synth system,  a Moog Sub-37 Synthesizer, and a self-made electric Hurdy-Gurdy all together depict the scenery of the storm.

Moving Color

Performers: Benjie Genchel, Li-Chia Yang, Somesh Ganesh 

This piece explores the nature of interactive visuals in music through the inclusion of a robotic painter that simultaneously interprets and contributes to live musical performance, switching between an active and passive role.


Performers: Hongzhao Guan, Henry Wang, Zhao Yan

This piece is written to explore the musical interaction between human and robots. Throughout the piece, robots constantly listen to each other and alter their performance and also affect how human performers play. Together, we invite everyone to join us experiencing a variety range of visual and audio spectrum.

Zanoi & Shimon

Performers: Lamtharn "Hanoi" Hantrakul, Zach Kondak

Math-Rock IDM with a Retro Spin. And a robot.