Aaron Taylor Kuffner, Artist and Custodian of the Gongs

Aaron Taylor Kuffner is an American born conceptual artist, based in New York. Kuffner's dynamic work reaches far outside conventional forms of representation: it actively engages its audience and pushes art to serve society. His pieces often take the form of multi-year projects that require in depth research, collaboration with field experts and the development of new specialized skill sets. Each project provides unique conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through the experience of beauty and the sublime.

Kuffner's work demands a multi-faceted approach to art. Through his work Kuffner has become a noted musician and composer, a skilled metal sculptor, machinist and engineer, an ethnomusicologist, a prolific street artist and social activist, a painter and inventor, a theater director and producer of hyperbolic events.

For over a decade Kuffner has immersed himself in the study of Indonesian Gamelan music. While living for several years in Java and Bali he learned to play the Gamelan, researched the process of making the instruments, cataloged various tuning modalities, and developed his own electronic notation system, all the while gleaning gamelan's cultural and spiritual significance. In 2008, shortly after returning to New York he was awarded an Artist in Residency with renown technologist Eric Singer at the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. The fruit of their collaboration would be the construction of the world's first fully robotic gamelan orchestra.

Following the residency, Kuffner began a new body of work entitled The Gamelatron Project, which marries Indonesian ritual and sonic tradition with modern robotics. In this series of work, Kuffner creates sonic kinetic sculptures from traditional Bronze, Brass and Iron instruments retrofited with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounting systems. The pieces are connected to a network that transcribes his digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.

Over the last 7 years Kuffner has created 20 Gamelatrons of various size, scale and purpose.

Kuffner has performed or presented work more than 400 times in 19 countries in the last sixteen years.
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The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR) is a Pittsburg-based group of artists and technologists developing robotic musical instruments. Founded in 2000 by musician and engineer Eric Singer, LEMUR creates exotic, sculptural musical instruments and installations which integrate robotic technology.

Eric Singer, LEMUR Founder and Director
Musician, artist, engineer and programmer Eric Singer holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis, Magna Cum Laude, from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has over 20 years of arts and multimedia programming, engineering and performance experience in the areas of interactive performance systems, integrated music and graphics systems, alternative controller design, networked multimedia environments, interface design, artificial intelligence and computer controlled pyrotechnics. He performs and lectures throughout the world and is known internationally for his software and hardware products for art and technology. In addition to directing LEMUR, Singer works as an independent Arts Engineer and Consultant; runs Eroktronix, his company which creates and markets electronics technology for the arts; and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program and Carnegie Mellon University.

I Made Rindhi and son Wayan, Gong makers
I Made Rindhi is a notorious gong maker in the village of Blahbatu near Gianyar in South Central Bali who has supplied the Gamelatron project with fine crafted instruments for more than 8 years. Rindhi is part of a proud multi generational tradition working with creating gamelan instruments for over 50 years, learning from his father, now working with his son Wayan for last 10 years.

Nathan Wheeler, Chief Assistant
Nathan Wheeler is a improvisatory composer and performance artist specializing in interactivity and interdisciplinary collaboration. His work is informed by his background as a classical musician, composer, and sound engineer, in addition to his investigations into film, dance, electronics, and performance art. Nathan holds a degree in Music Composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in Music Technology.

Geoff Kuffner,Project Consultant, Storyteller, Chief Underling of Non-Technical Skills
Author, coach and expert in human movement education, Geoff has a professional background in communications and was co-founder of the New York's Ransom Corp. along with Taylor. He has produced small- and large-scale art events, as well as written, directed and performed in numerous multi-media, interdisciplinary productions. Geoff lives in Oakland where he runs The Sustainable Body (TheSustainableBody.com) and is currently at work on an hyperbolic art memoir: The Assault Poetry Unit: How Two Brothers Failed to Start the Art Revolution.

LumiGeek (John Parts Taylor and JoeJoe Martin), Hardware and Software Engineers,
The visionary duo is working on custom hardware and software development for new interactive Gamelatron standalone pieces and installation.

Shrine, Collaborator, Public Installations
Shrine is an Los Angeles based artist, known for his flowing gestural painting and drawing style with his use of found objects, recycled materials and trash assembled into modern shrines of various scale. He created the Temple at Burningman in 2008 and has toured the world several times over creating both spontanous and commissioned works of art for public display.

I Wayan Sadera, Gamelan Teacher and Music Consultant
Sadera is from Tegas outside of Ubud in South Central Bali. He is am exceptually skilled multi instrumentalist best known for his mastery of the Gender. He has toured the world with Robert Wilson's I La Galigo, currently teaches in Taiwan and was an instrumental instructor to various Balinese Gamelan forms to Taylor Kuffner for several years.

Gamelatron Photographers and Videographer:
Gisella Sorrentino: GazePhotography.com, Barabra Gentile: BarbaraGentile.com, Pascal Charles Petit: PascalCharlesPetit.com, Linda Gastaldello: LindaGastaldello.com, Lina Jang: LinaJang.com, Jeanne Angel: Area33.com, Stefan Pildes, Nicholas Whitaker, Nadia Anderson and Joe Cookie

Gamelatron Fabrication Consultants:
Entropy Warrior Systems, Hard Decor, Ryan O'Connor, Rosanna Scimeca, I Made Sudika, Agus Purnomo.