The Complexities of What We Hear: Robot Mouths and Speaking Pianos

The drive to understand the coordination between the mind and body that produces language is a powerful source of innovation. The following videos represent attempts to replicate the human voice by means of a physical apparatus or robot rather than by digital sampling and recording techniques alone. This requires and stimulates a greater understanding of … Continue reading The Complexities of What We Hear: Robot Mouths and Speaking Pianos

Made for Flight: Alouette, the Femmebot

Writers are encouraged to write about what they know. This has merit, but does it shortchange our imagination or compassion? When we take the time to tell the story of others, which requires empathy, interpretation, care and research, this can broaden our understanding and cross borders. The stories that inspired the following video poetry are … Continue reading Made for Flight: Alouette, the Femmebot

Cool Noise: Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and Giorgio Moroder

Daft Punk became popular in the 1990s and is credited with some of the biggest hits of the French house music scene, including Phoenix and Rollin' and Scratchin'. Audiences in the United States probably know them best for One More Time. The electronic music duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter is known for its theatrical … Continue reading Cool Noise: Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and Giorgio Moroder

Playful Depths: I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK

Are humor and honesty effective in dealing with death and mental illness? Are we held back by propriety and clichés? When the white coats take away Young-Goon's grandmother, who believes she is a mouse and has been eating only radishes, Young-Goon retaliates with a suicide attempt. Young-Goon has become convinced that she is a robot … Continue reading Playful Depths: I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK

A Winsome Robot: The Animated Robot Band from Machinarium

It seems that video games are becoming more and more creative and artistic. Machinarium is an adventure game developed by Amanita Design. A robot called Josef must reassemble himself after being tossed out on a scrapheap and set off for the city, running into puzzles and brain teasers on the way. Josef is named after Josef Čapek, who coined the term robot. Here is … Continue reading A Winsome Robot: The Animated Robot Band from Machinarium