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GAMELATRON BIOGRAPHY

The Gamelatron is the world's first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. It is the fruit of collaboration between The Conceptual Artist and composer Aaron Taylor Kuffner with The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR). The Gamelatron is modeled after traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan orchestras. It features sets of classic instruments retrofitted with robotitc mallets on sculptural mounts. MIDI sequences control up to 117 robotic striking mechanisms that produce intricately woven rhythmic sound.

The construction of the beta Gamelatron was fully realized in September 2008. Between March and May of 2010 Kuffner constructed a touring Gamelatron called called Gamelatron Tirta Asli, which is completely modular, based on adaptations of LEMUR designs working with Eric Singer's custom MIDI decoder microprocessors. In the winter of 2011, Kuffner built 2 small Gamelatron's, featuring a selection of instruments of the Balinese Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) and a set called Reyongan Gede. As part of a residency at San Francisco's TechShop, Kuffner created 2 more touring Gamelatron ensambles in the fall of 2011 through the winter of 2012 named Gamelatron Bunga Kota and Gamelatron Jalan Jiwo. In 2012 and 2013 Kuffner has created 2 smaller works as stand-alone art pieces called Penjajaran Slentho Jawa and Padma Bhuwana. He added another modular touring set called Bidadari and a set based around Javanese court gamelan called Roh Ageng, as well as 2 permanent installations Kembang Jempaka in a retreat center in Bali and another Sentuhan lembutin a private home. In the begiing of 2014 Kuffner created 2 smaller works as standalone pieces called Gelombang Dewa-Dewi and Angka Lung. Currently he is working on robotizing 2 Gamelan Selonding sets from the Bali Aga, and another Wayang Kulit inspired set, while 3 of the current orchestra are used in long and short-term site-specific art installations, concerts, festivals and ceremonies.

The Gamelatron Project has received grants and in-kind support from grant the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (through the Clocktower Gallery), The Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Experimental Television Center with The New York Council for the Arts, The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, Ableton Gmhb, Native Instruments Gmhb, The CEC Artslink, Scope Arts, Artist Wanted, The New Orleans Airlift, TechShop San Francisco, The Experimental Television Center, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The US Artists International partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Gamelatron Project has shown throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia in the last 3 years.