Theme Exhibition


Moritz Simon Geist (DE)

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Linz, In Kepler's Gardens

An AI-controlled Robotic Sound Instrument Reflecting on Minimal Music

Moritz Simon Geist created the robotic instrument *Vibrations* to play soothing minimal music in a futuristic way: with robots! The sound installation models itself on the vibraphone instrument but deconstructs both sound and form of the classical jazz instrument.

The sound of the robot is generated by tuned aluminium bars controlled by a complex distributed robotic actuator system. The sound itself is multifaceted, ranging from gloomy chords to high, concise melodies.

The compositions are influenced by composers such as Terry Riley, John Adam, Steve Reich, and Harry Partch.

During his EMAP residency at Ars Electronica, Moritz Simon Geist created compositions with a generative composition algorithm which were then played: in concert, and in the context of an installation.


Funded by EON Visit Stipend, Gwaertler Arts Fund, European Media Artists in Residency Exchange, Ars Electronica, Amt für Kultur und Denkmalschutz der Stadt Dresden and Neutrik Components.

This project is realized as part of EMAP/EMARE and co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union