The Gamelatron is the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. A Gamelatron is a sound producing kinetic sculpture presented as site-specific installations, and stand alone art works by Aaron Taylor Kuffner. Gamelatrons are made from traditional bronze, brass and iron instruments from Indonesia’s gamelan tradition, retrofitted with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounting systems. The pieces are connected to a network that transcribes digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.
Aaron Taylor Kuffner
Aaron Taylor Kuffner is an artist whose pieces often take the form of long term multi year projects that involve in depth research, collaboration with field experts and development of specialized skill sets. Each project is uniquely attached to the idea of providing conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through experiences of beauty and the sublime. In doing so he reaches far outside of conventions pushing the role of art to be a form of service to society. Through his work Kuffner has become a noted composer, a kinetic sculptor, electronic music maverick, a machinist, an installation artist, an ad-hoc engineer, an ambassador of Indonesian musical tradition, a prolific street artist, theater director, poetic terrorist, instrument builder, social activist, earth artist, community radio advocate, surround sound pioneer, and producer of social sculptures and hyperbolic events ranging in scale from intimate finite happenings to the epic and fabled.
As a solo artist, with the Gamelatron and other projects and collaborations, Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 20 countries in the last seventeen years.
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