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Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot

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Macquarie University's Richard Savery playing along with Keirzo the drummer robot.

Macquarie University's Richard Savery said Keirzo the drummer robot learns from human musician; "Through inbuilt microphones, it listens to drummers, and then it tries to adjust the way it plays."

Credit: The Lighthouse, MacQuarie University (Australia)

Keirzo is a vaguely humanoid-shaped construction with ear-like sound inputs, a speaker where a mouth might be and a range of motor-driven robotic 'arms,' some fitted with drumsticks, others with a small round rubber mallet.

Keirzo's music - including rap lyrics - is produced entirely by the robot, says Richard Savery, who is a developer of artificial intelligence and robotics in the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature, and a professional saxophonist, clarinettist and flautist.

"It listens, it plays, and behaves just like a collaborating musician on stage, responding to the human members of the band," Savery says.

"It's all AI underneath and a whole bunch of different deep learning elements.

"And while I don't have to pay Keirzo – robots cost a lot to make and maintain and train. Everything is an expensive process."

From The Lighthouse, MacQuarie University (Australia)
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