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Telematic Drum CircleByeong Sam Jeon
aluminum, microcontrollers, pneumatic air control valves, magnetic air
cylinders, reed switches, electronic air control valves, percussion
instruments, webcam, video broadcaster, lighting equipment, custom
software, audio mixer, microphones, computers, air compressor,
air tubes, drum sticks, video projectors, etc.
"Telematic Drum Circle" is an interdisciplinary art project which combines telecommunications, robotics, human-computer interaction, and improvisational music. The project allows multiple online users around the world to create a live collective sound improvisation by controlling sixteen robotic percussion instruments via the Internet. The project explores the rupture of deeper communication in the technology meditated world, and addresses the issue of global harmony by sharing participants' rhythmical spirit produced through the telematic live drum ensemble. "Telematic Drum Circle" consists of two main components: a set of sixteen robotic percussion instruments arranged in an installation space and an interactive website (www.TelematicDrumCircle.net) networked with these instruments. Each percussion instrument is representative of a geo-cultural region. Regardless of age, sex, religion, race, and culture, we all have a universal rhythm which is a heart beat. The drum is an instrument of rhythm, and I believe it can stand in for a person's heart. The heart-to-heart communication expressed on drums and percussion instruments cuts through all the differences, and blurs the boundaries between us. By tapping the computer keyboard while at the website, participants around the world can remotely play the robotic instruments together, while watching a live streaming video of their ensemble broadcast through the website.
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