The Gamelatron :: An Ableton Controlled Robotic Orchestra

The Gamelatron is the world’s first fully robotic gamelan orchestra. It is the fruit of a collaboration between The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR and the composer Zemi17: A. Taylor Kuffner (

Modeled after traditional Balinese and Javanese gamelan orchestras, the GamelaTron is an amalgamation of traditional instruments with a suite of percussive sound makers. MIDI sequences control 117 robotic striking mechanisms that produce intricately woven and rhythmic sound. Performances follow an arc similar to classic Indonesian gatherings, where stories from great epics, such as the Ramayana, are told and settings given in words that are continued in music.

This Saturday will see a great, unique event at the Issue Project Room (in the Old American Can Factory).  Two years ago, a partially completed beta of the Gamelatron made a first appearance, arousing curiosity and creative acclaim.  A fully completed beta version will make its debut, along with some new additions as this crew of creatives continues to expand and develop their collection of gamelan gongs, electronic control elements, and software brain that keeps it all moving.

The event will see 70 minutes of Gamelatron compositions, followed by performances by Trio Zero Gravity Thinkers (ZGT), featuring Peter Principle (Tuxedo Moon) on guitars, Dok (Amoeba Technology) on therimin and processors, and Zemi17 on the ewi4000 breath-controlled MIDI instrument.

For more show details and advanced tickets, check out the Issue Project Room website, for more on the Gamelatron itself, hit up

At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11215
8pm, $10 admission (all ages)

Subway F Line, Subway G Line
Walk East down Third St over Gowanus Canal to Third Av = 5 min walk
Subway F Line, Subway M Line, Subway R Line
Walk North on Fourth Av. West on Third St to Third Av = 5 min walk

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  • 5/6/2010

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