Music and robots in northern Minnesota

A trumpet-playing robot (Stefano Gargano | Flickr)
A trumpet-playing robot (Stefano Gargano | Flickr)

This week at the Lyric Center for the Arts in Virginia, Minn., area students in grades 7-12 can participate in workshops where they’ll learn about robots, music, and how those two things can work together.

The students will even have an opportunity to “create a new robotic percussion ensemble,” which will perform in a special presentation (along with a guest artist) at the end of the three-day workshop.

The sessions will be led by Troy Rogers — an Iron Range native who writes music, teaches, and creates musical robots.

In a recent interview with author/radio producer Aaron Brown, Rogers explained the workshop:

“Over the course of several days, students who may have never touched a soldering iron, built anything with electronics, or written a single note of music work collaboratively to make robotic instruments and write new music. In the process, technical and aesthetic concepts that may be boring or difficult in other contexts are rendered both comprehensible and fun.”

There will be workshop sessions on Jan. 14, 15, and 16, with a final public performance happening Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The performance features Jillian Rae — a multi-talented violinist, vocalist, and songwriter who, like Troy, grew up in the Iron Range.

For more information, visit the event page of Rogers’ web site.

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