For this Collision Collusion (# 62), Jeff and Dan will discuss some of their recent work with Quartet (aka Absolut Quartet). They just got back from Linz, Austria where they were installing Quartet which will be on display all of 2009 in the Ars Electronica Center.
Quartet is a 6m long, 213 degree of freedom interactive robotic musical installation.Viewers become the fourth member of a musical quartet, by entering a short melodic theme through a simple web interface. The custom software expands the theme into a unique three-minute piece of music. The music is played by the three robotic members of the Quartet: The first is a ballistic marimba, which launches rubber balls 2m in the air, precisely aimed at marimba keys. 35 tuned wineglasses are played by robotic fingers, and an ethnic percussion ensemble rounds out the quartet. Your performance is broadcast live, and a video is archived on the homepage http://quartet.cc to share your creation with others.
See a short video of the piece here: