Watch: Orchestra employs robots on percussion

This is the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester playing ‘The Robots are Coming!’ by Steve Pickett at a young people’s concert.

A sign of the times? The percussion of the future?

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  • Apparently an educational project to inform youth about what a symphony orchestra is not, and what classical music is not.

  • The unimpressive visuals of automated percussion are probably why they added light flashes to let you know something was happening.

    I don’t think will ever compete with the theatricality of a human drummer swinging away at some hide.

    Mechanical percussion has been around on band organs for about 200 years now, if it hasn’t caught on yet…

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